Top things to do in Santa Marta & Around

Top Choice Museum in Santa Marta

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

This hacienda is where Simón Bolívar spent his last days in 1830 before succumbing to either tuberculosis or arsenic poisoning, depending on whom you believe. The hacienda was owned by a Spanish supporter of Colombi…
Top Choice Pizza in Barranquilla

Pizzeria the Meeting Point

With its simple stools and tables on an enclosed porch, Italian-run Meeting Point looks more fast-food joint than promising pizzeria. But don't be too quick to judge. These are hands down Barranquilla's best pies: f…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Santa Marta

Ikaro

Ikaro draws you in with its freshly baked bread and micro-roasted coffee and then entreats you to stay with its giant lounging ‘beds’ (ideal for sprawling with your headphones) and interior green wall dripping with …
Top Choice Beach in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Cabo San Juan del Guía

Cabo San Juan del Guía is a beautiful cape with a knockout beach. It's also by far the most crowded area of the park, although lack of road access deters casual day-trippers. The area has a restaurant and a campsite…
Top Choice National Park in Santa Marta & Around

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

This dazzling slice of mountainous jungle, vast boulders and golden-white sand makes up one of Colombia's most stunning national parks and is a popular destination for backpackers as well as local day-trippers. Seal…
Top Choice French in Taganga

Pachamama

With tiki stylings and a laid-back vibe, Pachamama may look like an indoor beach bar, but casual as it may be, this is easily the culinary highlight of Taganga. The French chef has produced one of the most creative …
Top Choice Museum in Aracataca

Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez

This excellent museum is housed in a reconstruction of the house where García Márquez was born in 1927. The original house was sold by the family and knocked down decades ago, and even though the current structure i…
Top Choice Spanish in Minca

Casa d'Antonio

Handily situated in the middle of town overlooking the river, this hotel-restaurant serves authentic Málagan food – something of an apparition in these parts. Get (re)acquainted with delicious Spanish-style seafood …
Top Choice Colombian in Palomino

Suá

Set in a lovely garden, Suá is a collectively run project with impeccable environmental and sustainability credentials, including a great vegetarian selection. Ironically, it also does one of the best steaks on the …
French in Santa Marta

La Canoa

A fusion spot with French pretensions that doesn’t come across as at all pretentious, La Canoa is a Franco-Colombian marriage made in heaven that’s ideal if you’re craving cool air (strong a/c), a jolting caffeine h…