The oldest Colonial city in the continental Americas, Santa Marta is famous for its laid back atmosphere, plentiful beaches and privileged geographical location with the Sierra Nevada, the World’s highest coastal mountain range, rising up from behind the city. Located close by, the Tayrona National Park is one of the jewels in Colombia’s crown, where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea and the beaches are wild and natural.
Simon Bolivar, the famous South American liberator died in Santa Marta at La Quinta de San Pedro, and the historic colonial centre is undergoing a transformation that has reinvigorated the character of this beautiful and enchanting Colombian city with its stunning white Cathedral, Gold Musuem and pretty seafront where the fun loving samarios love to stroll as the sun sets over the bay. Santa Marta has also recently seen the opening of stylish boutique hotels and restaurants.
Taganga, a small relaxed fishing village, is a more relaxed alternative to the city and Rodadero and Bello Horizonte are small beach resorts with full section of hotels, bars and restaurants.