Santa Marta : Our Top Picks

So, you're heading to the beautiful coastal city of Santa Marta? Well we're here to guide you through our top picks of where to go, stay and eat whilst exploring this Colombian hotspot.

Located on the Caribbean coastline, Santa Marta is a bustling tourist city, rich in colonial heritage and blessed with a warm, tropical climate. It hosts a major port, plenty of historic buildings and a myriad of bars, hotels & restaurants making it a much loved holiday destination.

Santa Marta Colombia

Where To Eat

Guasimo Restaurante

Fresh flavours of Colombian cuisine combined with impeccable service. The reviews don't lie with this one, if you're looking for creative dishes and fresh seafood, Guasimo is the place to go. Be sure to make a reservation as this place fills up quickly.

Guasimo Restaurant Santa Marta Colombia


Delicious cocktails, garden settings and a wonderful selection of grilled & veggie dishes. Simply sit back and enjoy the ambiance at this unique garden restaurant as your taste buds are tantalized with an explosion of flavours. Insider tip: make sure you try the tacos!

Uhma Restaurant Garden Santa Marta Colombia

Where To Drink


A roof terrace to watch the sunset over Santa Marta Bay whilst sipping on your favourite tipple? Yes please! This one is worth it for the views alone, with a huge terrace area overlooking the sea and the city - the perfect place to unwind & relax in the evening.

Burukuka Roof Terrace with Sea View Santa Marta Colombia

Charlie's Bar

Nestled in the old town, this place offers live music, DJ sets and endless cocktails. If you're looking for a lively atmosphere in the heart of the city, this one is a must visit. With an old school bar feel and relaxed atmosphere, it's a place to go and spend the night.

Cocktails at Charlie's Bar Santa Marta Colombia

Where To Stay

Casa Solhu

An oasis of calm within the city. A rustic aesthetic and neutral décor give this luxury guesthouse a serene atmosphere, ideal for escaping after a long day of sightseeing. Combining woven raffia touches and warm natural tones, this place is right up our street!

Casa Solhu Santa Marta Colombia


An elegant hotel with all the luxury comforts you desire and right in the centre of the action. Boasting a stunning roof terrace and cosy bar, Basilica hotel showcases artistic design, authentic charm and true Colombian hospitality.

Basilica Hotel Santa Marta Colombia

Where To Visit

The Lost City

The Lost City Trek is a 4 day guided hike through jungle & mountain scenery to visit Colombia's 'Ciudad Perdida'. There are many tour companies that offer personalised guides throughout the lush landscapes surrounding Santa Marta to see some of the country's ancient ruins. If you're looking for a sense of adventure, exploring nature and taking in some impressive views, this should be top of your list.

The Lost City Trek Mountain Views Colombia

Simon Bolivar Museum

The Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is the most celebrated museum in the city as it is the place in which Simon Bolivar (the man responsible for leading Colombia's independence from the Spanish empire) died. Nowadays it is an art gallery, but still lays tribute to Bolivar and is worth a visit if you're looking for some history & culture.

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino Santa Marta Colombia

Bahia Concha

One of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Think white sand and turquoise blue waters, all with the backdrop of Colombia's lush greenery. If you're searching for a little tranquillity away from the buzz of the city, this is the place to be.

Bahia Concha Beach Santa Marta Colombia