Visit Santa Marta, Colombia
Founded in 1525 by Don Rodrigo de Bastidas over a beautiful bay, Santa Marta is the oldest town in Colombia and enjoys a privileged location wedged between the Caribbean and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
This is a popular destination for holidaying Colombians who flock to the clean, wide beaches and resorts of the area, but the modern outskirts belie the charming colonial center and a stop in Santa Marta can make for a diverse few days exploring Magdalena department.
Suggested itineraries featuring Santa Marta
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Santa Marta, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Santa Marta
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Photos of Santa Marta
Accommodation choices for Santa Marta
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Santa Marta. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Recently renovated to a high standard offering 12 rooms over three floors, the Don Pepe is a great option in Santa Marta, only two blocks back from the sea-front.
Casa de Isabella's history is filled with the charm and customs of a golden era in Santa Marta that is gone but not forgotten.
Ideas for experiencing Santa Marta
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Santa Marta, and which use the best local guides.
Head east from Santa Marta into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain range in the world.
A good introduction to Santa Marta, the oldest Spanish colonial city in the Americas.
Traveling west from Santa Marta you will head up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, soon noticing the cool fresh climate as you leave the humid coast behind and wind up into the peaceful countryside.