Best place to stay in Santa Marta
The best place to stay in Santa Marta is the historic centre, a colonial area that encompasses the most emblematic places belonging to South America´s oldest city. With an array of bars and restaurants available nearby, it is located just a few minutes from the Bahia and 10km from the Santa Marta International Airport.
A must see tourist spot is the Parque de los Novios, which is the main meeting point for young residents and tourists. Here you will also find some great restaurants and bars, and you will be able to experience the authentic energy of Santa Marta and its people. You can also visit the Simón Bolívar Park on foot, which forms the centre of the city´s leisure activities. The Santa Marta Cathedral and San Miguel Square are also nearby.
Among the many restaurants this area has to offer, some great options are Ouzo, Carambolo, Lamart, La Canoa and the Ikaro Café. Crabs and Marley Caffee Bar are two highly recommended bars. If you want to dance, head for La Puerta, or alternatively you can walk 15 minutes further out to the La Escollera. All of the Historical Centre´s main points of interest can be visited on foot from here, but if you want to get around the city you can also take the bus or rent a motorbike.
For those interested in some shopping, the Buenavista shopping centre which is just a 15 minute taxi ride away, offers an excellent variety of shopping options, at affordable prices, as well as a supermarket, cinema, food-court and the Juan Valdez cafeteria, where you can try some delicious Columbian coffee.