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Valerie
Mukilteo, WA15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Taganga is a dirty smelly place. It smells like sewage after rain. Garbage everywhere on the streets and the trails to the other “hidden” beaches. Thrash on the beach.VERY crowded, and LOUD music from every vendor and restaurant as thought could drown each other out. Don’t waste your time here.
Written 27 October 2023
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Jacksons from Brighton
Brighton, UK446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We stayed in Taganga for 15 nights, up a steep hill with a fabulous view. Its a real locals beach, very busy at weekends with families of all ages enjoying the sea, food and music. Its not just a packer place. Its not a peaceful place, local music plays from everywhere very loudly at weekend. Locals even bring huge speakers with them. This is very strange to us. It is quieter during the week. The restaurants are a mixed bag, all very tasty from local fish, pizza, veggie to waffles. You will have a dog watching you eat. Not much English spoken. You pick your price by the decor. Portions are plenty, we shared a lot of the time. Juices are lovely and can have without sugar. You are a stranger every time you walk into town. We enjoyed the town, the whole of Colombia has a plastic problem (like the rest of the world). Water is tanked in every day. The sea is slightly murky with sea weed but very refreshing. Only plastic chairs to rent with shade, 20-30,000cop. We felt safe here. People are friendly and you can a laugh. We enjoyed the town. There is 3 cash machines and a chemist. Plus amazing coffee. Taxis to Santa Marta are easy to get, not all with seat belts working!
Written 15 March 2023
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Alessandra R
Bogota, Colombia137 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
This is a very dirty place that is crowed of people. You will find lots of diving schools and boats waiting to take people to Tayrona beaches, but it’s not a pleasant place, specially because of the garbage around and the places you need to drive thru to get there.
Written 11 January 2021
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SAV - South America Voyager
Medellin, Colombia8,655 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
As a Trip Advisor DESTINATION EXPERT for Colombia, with 30 years of visits and now living 4 years in Medellin and exploring just about every city large and small in Colombia but my perspective of Taganga may not be what some want to hear but it is about as balanced and accurate as it gets.

Background - Just in the past 6 weeks I have traveled close to 5,000 km on 2 long road trips so about 10 days ago, on or about November 18th - yes this is a very recent visit, I drove to Taganga.....

So the first initial impression is when you enter Taganga out on Calle 1 coming out of Santa Marta to get to route Via Santa Marta-Taganga, you pass through a garbage and trash filled areas with torn up gravel pot holed roads and areas that if you did not know better you would think that your in some deserted war-torn area of some mid-eastern country.

It is hard to describe the poverty and trash and general disrepair and filth that you see when you leave Santa Marta and start entering Taganga but once you see it you know it.

Now a few minutes later as you transverse the route Via Santa Marta-Taganga, after you cross the ridge you are rewarded by a decent view of the town nestled into the hills along with the bay/sea, yes looks nice but.........

........so you decide to stop at the observation deck and take some nice photos, but as you exit your car your accosted by a half dozen aggressive and arrogant late teen/early 20's black costenos who are selling junk trinkets made overseas and they will not back off nor move out of the way rather they will start yelling and laughing at the visiting tourists pressuring you to purchase some of their junk.

I feel sorry for the average visiting gringo or even Colombian when they stop at places like this as they will be intimidated by these black thugs. Now at 6'-7" and 280 lbs I have no problem taking care of myself and I have no problem putting these types of punks in their place but what I observed with the few cars and a few families stopping to take some photos and these punks harassing these people should be an embarrassment to the people of the coast, there is no other way to describe them, as they will immediately and aggressively start harassing these families as soon as they open their car doors, well......

...and this is your welcome to Taganga and it only goes down hill (no pun intended as you drop down into the village) from this point.

Yes Taganga is a dump, literally a dump with rock and dirt streets with shanty built shacks, filth and trash just about everywhere, even the main road in the city is almost impassible by a regular car. No it is not a "Beautiful Town" rather the direct opposite as it is a dump and anyone who says otherwise either has some kind of interest in promoting these false narratives or they are just trolls and have never even seen it in person.

This being said it does have a place as it caters to the budget minded cheap back packing type of vagabonds who need a cheap hostel to stay who can not afford a $40. USD a night room in a decent hotel an hour away.

The other component is if you are a diver and want to get certified and or re-certified as there are some good dive shops in Taganga but if you don't fall into one of these two categories I would not suggest anyone even hinting at wanting to see this area.

Not to long ago the authorities finally shut down the Israeli hotel compound that was full of criminal activities for many years so at least some improvements have been done but there is much more needed in order to provide even some sense of safety and enjoyment for visitors.

It is a shame of a place even dare I say an embarrassment to the coast and the costeno people. I have visited literally a hundred plus small and medium sized villages and Taganga makes the very bottom of the list. And know that I love Colombia and made it my home but I need to say it like it is.

Please come and visit Colombia but come and see the real Colombia with friendly humble people and really cool pueblos full of nature and history.
Written 28 November 2020
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Conde Roberto Guarnieri
Medellin, Colombia56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
A lot of garbage on the beach. It's very sad seen this situacion compared with large beach. A lot of sellers, animals in bad situation.
Written 26 October 2020
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Angela H
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We read the reviews of Taganga, but decided to make our own decision. We have read negative reviews of other places & actually liked them, so, along we came to Taganga.
First impression as we came by taxi from Santa Marta was that it was quite picturesque.
That feeling was quickly extinguished when we actually arrived at our hostel. (This was the only good thing about Taganga-they will get their own amazing review).
So, on to Taganga...
It was indeed dirty, the beach, the streets.
It was noisy, the bars, hawkers etc.
Food overpriced & not great.
The tide washed up old bottle tops & crisp packets as the sun bathers carried on swimming as though they didn’t see anything at all.
The locals told me that everyone throws their rubbish in the sea in Taganga, not just tourists.
The hostel warned us not to walk to the nearby beach Playa Grande as we would probably be mugged, also not to take selfies or show your phone etc in the daytime, as you would be marked for later on when you go out for dinner. Nice place!
I can’t say we felt threatened, but you knew to be careful & in by nightime. Certainly very different to San Gil!
We came for the diving, again, not that good. My partner is the diver, so he can write his own review of that experience.
All in all, we’re pretty chilled travellers. We get that people don’t have a lot & that places can be a bit rough, but this place, it’s another level.
Just go somewhere else. We spent a whole day just sitting in the hostel as it was the best place to be.
Trust the reviews. Safe time & money.
Written 27 February 2020
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VesteDemitte
Halifax, Canada157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Taganga is a cute ocean village area with a half moon beach in a bay. There are boats. It's chaos. Seems to have a party village type of vibe. It's cute, however the water is rough just off the beach and very rough water as you get further out. Looks like a gritty little party spot. We can here the beats at the end of the day as we descend onto the beach from our boat ride.
Please note - this is the spot to grab boats into Tayrona park. Horrific boating on the way to park. Pure hell. Watch for sea sickness. Hung with a Columbia who stressed this was extreme. I don't think it is often like this, but we just caught really bad sea conditions for the journey! Always an adventure, be prepared for this in Columbia.
Written 16 October 2019
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Dary G
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Really nice beach also the location is close to other beaches (Playa Cristal, Playa Grande Bahia concha). small town, warm people
Written 8 April 2019
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Miryan Cardoso
Brasilia, DF22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Honestly when I arrived I asked myself "is this really caribe"?
Dirty, the water is dirty, the sand is dirty as well. There are some commerce around but I don't recommend. I prefered staying in the swimming pool in the hostel than laying down in Taganga. I loved Colombia, but Santa Marta was a true deception in terms of beaches.
Written 5 March 2019
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Sunfish44
New Orleans, LA23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I wasn't too excited after reading other reviews, but had a simple, relaxing afternoon on Taganga. Tayrona was closed and I was looking for a place to unwind after Ciudad Perdido trek. Sunset was pretty, water was really calm. There were hawkers on the beach but nothing too annoying, mostly churros and ice cream vendors, ringing bells.
Written 2 February 2019
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