Centro Historico de Santa Marta

Centro Historico de Santa Marta

Centro Historico de Santa Marta
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marialcantara@icloud.com
Sao Paulo, SP15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Business
Nature mesmerizes with its beauty, but its unpredictable side can pose dangers and unclean environments, demanding respect and caution.
Written 9 August 2023
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Magda H
Austin, TX51 contributions
Apr 2022
The place is interesting with colonial arquitecture, good restaurants.. I liked the malecon and its view. The sad thing was to see a lot of old foreign tourist searching for young prostitutes' That was a shame and just in front of the police, is a shameful situation .
Written 9 April 2022
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John S
Montreal, Canada17 contributions
Mar 2020
From having spent time in Cartagena and Santa Marta, I would have to say that I much prefer Santa Marta. Cartagena has superior architecture, very nice restaurants and better museums; which are great to experience for a weekend. Cartagena's Centro Historico is very scenic, with walks along the harbor and beaches, a huge variety of restaurants, and many more casual options that aren't overrun with tourists.

It has a nice relaxed vibe and you can for sure find any type of food or style that you are looking for. Meals and especially drinks are very inexpensive.
Written 19 March 2020
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Judy L
Vancouver, Canada62 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I stayed over a month in Santa Marta and was sad to leave.I stayed within the historical center of the city and I could walk everywhere.The old city offers you the best in dining and bars and runs right down to the beach.lots of great hostels, hotels, and Airbnb to choose from. This little city has everything. Santa Marta is right next to Tayrona Park which has some pretty spectacular beaches, and great jungle trekking. There are a ton of things to do in Santa Marta and lots of opportunities for day trips.
Written 18 March 2020
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Karen_Pinn
Barrie, Canada1,534 contributions
Mar 2020
We did as part of a free Guru walking tour. Lovely small down full of history and charm. We also had lunch near the lovers park.
Written 13 March 2020
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Elena P
Guadalajara, Mexico4,870 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The centre of Santa Marta is full with different vendors, dirty and chaotic. There is not so much to see, except the buildings.
Written 11 January 2020
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cazbatt
Barnsley, UK2,578 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
The old town of Santa Marta is lovely and a massive contrast to the new town with its pretty parks and old colonial buildings and lots of restaurants and bars.

There always seemed to be none stop hustle and bustle which gives this area a really nice feel whether it’s wandering round the shops in the daytime or heading out for food and drinks on an evening.
Written 13 October 2019
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rbrow018
310 contributions
Sept 2019
Given that I only had a few days in Santa Marta, I needed to make the most of my time. After checking into my hotel, I immediately headed to the center of the city. While my hotel wasn’t close to the main tourist center, it very easy to get there. One option is to take a cab for about 6k COP ($2.5 USD). However, I decided to be more adventurous and take the public bus for 1.8k COP (.60 USD). Santa Marta is such a small city that there is only one main road (La Avenida El Libertador) which most of the buses use. After walking about 5 blocks, there were buses literally passing me every 20 seconds. It took me about 10 minutes to get to La Bahia, which is basically the boardwalk at the edge of the city. La Bahia was very lively but also had a laid back vibe (unlike Cartagena). The area consisted of a commercial port, a marina filled with yachts, and a small beach. While people (mostly kids) were swimming in the water, the water looked pretty dirty and had trash strewn about it. As I went further back into the city, I found the main tourist corridor. Historical Santa Marta was a mix of Spanish colonial style buildings and modern restaurants and clubs. In fact, many of the buildings were actually still being used for governmental and administrative purposes. There were also several parks (Parque Bolivar and Parque de Los Novios) to relax. During my time in Santa Marta, I was able to eat dinner at several of the restaurants given the ease of getting back and forth from my hotel to the plaza. While there really wasn’t much to do or see beyond the dedicated tourist zone, it is definitely a nice area to take an evening stroll.

•Outside of Santa Marta, there are two minor beach cities which are heavily frequented by tourist. To the north is Rodadero, which is considered to be the nicer and more popular of the two while Taganga in the south is more for the younger niche crowd (mostly scuba divers). Both of these cities can be travelled to by public buses in Santa Marta for about 2k COP ($.60 USD) or a taxi for around 30k COP ($8 USD).
Written 6 September 2019
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Mochilero22
Miami, FL892 contributions
Jun 2019
Santa Marta was great! The old section of town has lots of great old buildings, the beach is just steps away + its a great place to stroll + soak up the local vibe. Santa Marta is quite laid back for a small city .. the people are very nice and its a great place to recharge after a few weeks on the gringo trail. Check out some of the cevicherias down by the water ... great + cheap!
Written 11 August 2019
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Nicole W
Teltow, Germany104 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
A relaxed walk through the historic centre of Santa Marta is worth every step. Many beautiful buildings, some restored, others charmingly unrestored. You always find some small things you haven't seen the last time.
Written 7 June 2019
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