Santa Marta Travel Guide

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Santa Marta Overview

The port of Santa Marta was originally built to ship gold to Spain. The mining industry now overshadows tourism here in Colombia's first city, which was founded in 1524. Its deep-water port has made it a leading embarkation point for coal mined in La Guajira and Cesar states.

This city right by the beach is a stop over to great beaches and the lost city jungle track. Here you will find busy markets, some night life with busy working girls and a nice strip on the beach which has hotels, restaurants and small bars all with patios.

Must see attractions:
Rodadero (small touristy town just 15 minutes away from Santa Marta)
Taganga (small fisher, hippie, scuba-diving town about 25 minutes from Santa Marta)
Playa Blanca (beautiful beach)
Aquarium with dolphin and sea-lion shows.

Taking a 20 minute bus ride to Taganga is highly recommended.

Santa Marta has a year-round tropical climate. It is hot during the day, but the evening sea breezes are cool and make sunsets and nightlife particularly appealing.

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From Santa Marta you take a 20 minute bus ride to Taganga and you leave behind a busy city to enter a quite, charming fishers town with a couple of secluded beaches and all the peace you are …
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