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One Day in Santa Marta

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If you are exploring Colombia's Caribbean coast, you will surely enjoy Santa Marta. Here, you'll find great food, interesting architecture, and awesome beaches. This guide will detail the sights you should not miss if you only have one day in this wonderful city.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

Art Museums

Catedral de Santa Marta

Churches & Cathedrals

Plaza Parque Simon Bolivar

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Donde Chucho

Restaurants

Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana

Speciality Museums

Parque de Los Novios

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks

Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

El Rodadero

Other Outdoor Activities

Paseo El Camellon

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Restaurante Bar Burukuka

Restaurants

solodiana's City Tips

  • During your trip, be sure to include a local experience, such as having a picnic at Bahia Concha.
  • It's important to know a few Spanish words, as people on the street generally don't speak English.
  • The geographic location of Santa Marta makes it a good base to explore the Colombian Caribbean region; you can easily get to the other principal cities and famous beaches from here.
  • Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
    Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is one of the most popular places visited by tourists in Santa Marta. Simon Bolivar spent his last days at this hacienda, and there are several monuments to him on the grounds. The architecture is from the period of Simon Bolivar, and inside you will find some of the furniture and other objects that belonged to the original owners. The well-maintained gardens are lovely for a stroll, and overall this magical, colorful place will send you on a journey through time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stop into Museo Bolivariano to enjoy some works by artists from the countries that Bolivar liberated (Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • As historical as it is beautiful 17/04/2020
    • A piece of great history! 29/02/2020
    • Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
    Address:
    Av. del Libertador, sin numero
    Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4331021
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Catedral de Santa Marta
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    solodiana Says:

    The Catedral de Santa Marta is famous for having housed the remains of Simon Bolivar for many years (until they were returned Venezuela, his birthplace, in 1842). Here you will also find the virgin Santa Marta, for whom the city was named. This may just be the first cathedral of South America.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The surrounding park is a good place to visit at night. Have a drink and take in the views of the cathedral all aglow.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Church 13/03/2020
    • Nice church 06/03/2020
    • Catedral de Santa Marta
    Address:
    Carrera 17 14
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality 470004
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 315 6782845
    Other:
  • Plaza Parque Simon Bolivar
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    solodiana Says:

    Plaza Parque Simon Bolivar is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and it is here that you will find the Simon Bolivar monument, City Hall, the Golden Museum, and the public library. Take a stroll, explore all the places of importance, and take in the stunning architecture and views over the bay.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a lot of places selling "Cayeye" a typical local food — give it a try!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    • Large square with bad smell 11/01/2020
    • smells like pee 04/01/2020
    • Plaza Parque Simon Bolivar
  • Donde Chucho
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    This restaurant is one of the most famous in Santa Marta, offering delicious local food. It started some years ago as a food stall on the street, and has now gained international recognition. Good quality seafood and great service have made this place in a must in Santa Marta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for the seafood casserole and, of course, the ceviche.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 326 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best seafood 14/10/2020
    • Very good food, ambience and value 09/10/2020
    • Donde Chucho
    Address:
    Calle 19 No. 2 - 17
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4210861
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
    Speciality Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Museo del Oro Tairona is a must for history, architecture, and art lovers. It was recently renovated and now has four rooms: Prehispanic societies, Magdalena's People, Customs House History, and Bolivar Was Here. These rooms represent the diversity of the museum, where you can learn about Santa Marta's history and customs. Created to represent the varied population of Santa Marta (students, indigenous, fishermen, and farmers, among others), the museum's themes provide a robust look at the city's history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Outside, you will find the typical Colombian Mochilas (handmade bags) — you can even order a customized one to pick up another day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very informative! 16/04/2020
    • Lovely small museum 10/03/2020
    • Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
    Address:
    Carrera 2 con Calle 14, Parque Bolivar
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality 470004
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4210251
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Parque de Los Novios
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
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    solodiana Says:

    Parque de Los Novios is great to visit both during the day and at night. Surrounded by many great restaurants, pubs, and bars, it is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a relaxing drink, and since it's located right in the historical center, it's also a great spot to meet people and enjoy of the vibrancy of the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Nighttime is the best time to enjoy everything on offer; however, if you go during day stop at Carambolo Juice Bar.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good to see and to pass by walking street 09/10/2020
    • A pleasant square for people watching. 06/03/2020
    • Parque de Los Novios
    Phone:
    +57 301 4558455
    Other:
  • Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    solodiana Says:

    This a special monument for football lovers. Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama, a famous Colombian soccer player known the world over, was born in Santa Marta and is especially important to the people of the Caribbean coast. The statue is located in the city's stadium, and a picture with El Pibe is a must on any visit to Santa Marta.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a more neglected area of the city, so you won't want to hang around much after you've taken your picture.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    • Coming here is a waste of time 24/02/2020
    • if u like football 10/01/2019
    • Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue
    Address:
    Carrera 18 y calle 16
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality
    Colombia
  • El Rodadero
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    solodiana Says:

    El Rodadero may not be the best beach for relaxing (it's always full of people and is home to a lot of commerce), but it's the best area to get traditional handicrafts on any budget. It also offers great views and lots of authentic local food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go for ceviche at Donde Chucho, the best choice in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 130 Outdoor Activities in Santa Marta
    • Very hustly bustly Colombian town 25/02/2020
    • Great day at the beach 19/02/2020
    • El Rodadero
    Phone:
    +57 311 8435143
    Other:
  • Paseo El Camellon
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    solodiana Says:

    Paseo El Camellon is the point where the city meets the ocean. Take a stroll around, and stop to watch the ships entering and leaving the port. In the background, you'll see the famous 'Morro' standing guard by the lighthouse.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This place is one of the most romantic in the city and perfect for taking pictures.
    • Come here to watch the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 46 things to do in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sea walk 13/03/2020
    • Nice promenade 11/01/2020
    • Paseo El Camellon
  • Restaurante Bar Burukuka
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    A fancy spot, Restaurante Bar Burukuka is beautifully decorated, and offers the best views of the ocean and the city. Come for a delicious dinner and great drinks, then finish with a night of dancing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Call to make a reservation so that you can secure a table on the terrace.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 326 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best sea food in Santa Marta 09/03/2020
    • Real estate agent 12/02/2020
    • Restaurante Bar Burukuka
    Address:
    Carrera 1 Calle 1 Rodadero
    Entrada por Edificio Cascadas del Rodadero
    Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4223080
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mon - Wed
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Thu
    10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Sat
    10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Other:
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