Top things to do

Top Choice Mediterranean in Santa Marta

Ouzo

Ouzo offers a stripped-back, classic Greek and Italian menu that includes superb pizza from a wood-fired oven and a good wine list. The octopus is slow-cooked for two hours in a garlicky broth, then slammed on the c…
Top Choice French in Santa Marta

À Deriva

This rather dark and glamorous place is named after the Vincent Cassel movie of the same name, and has a definite sophisticated and alternative vibe that you won't find elsewhere in town. The downstairs restaurant o…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Santa Marta

Ikaro

A traveler's dream after a Ciudad Perdida trek: this friendly, breezy place offers excellent coffee, delicious salads, sandwiches (made on homemade bread), smoothies, breakfasts and burgers – all meat and fish free.…
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 who you believe. The hacienda was owned by a Spanish supporter of Colombia…
Museum in Santa Marta

Museo del Oro

This excellent museum tells the history of Santa Marta and the surrounding region. It is housed in the impressively renovated Casa de la Aduana (Customs House), which features in the Gabriel García Márquez novel No …
Seafood in Santa Marta

Donde Chucho

Serving the best seafood on the coast, Donde Chucho is a local legend. Start with the signature ensalada Chucho (shrimp, octopus, calamari and manta smoked in olive oil) and move on to róbalo au gratin (mozzarella a…
Tapas in Santa Marta

Amargo

This rather fabulous and laid-back place has the feeling of a neighborhood bar that just happens to serve up top-notch tapas and have an outstanding collection of gin. A great place for a simple dinner and some stel…
Club in Santa Marta

La Puerta

Students and gringos eye each other up and get happily trashed in a beautifully benign Colombian style. Soca, salsa, house, hip-hop and reggae warm up the packed dance floor. The gusting fans surrounding it will mak…
International in Santa Marta

El Bistró

A charming venue just off Parque de los Novios, El Bistró has a fully translated menu that includes classics such as steak tatare, lamb shank, filet mignon and a delicious array of fish and seafood. The portions are…
Burgers in Santa Marta

Radio Burger

This curious little restaurant is actually the site of Santa Marta's first-ever radio station, and it's now a burger-producing homage to the fact, crammed with antique radios. The burgers are delicious and there's a…