211
trips planned in the last hour
8.8
out of 10
Trustscore rating
©

Santa Marta trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Santa Marta

3.7

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance. Most are surprised to find out that Santa Marta is arguably the oldest surviving colonial city in South America, founded in 1525. The historical center remains largely intact, and a combination of tropical climate and pleasant beaches attract crowds throughout the summer. On a clear day, you can enjoy the uncanny sight of the snowcapped peaks behind the city, while you swelter on the beach. Santa Marta is in Santa Marta District. Use our Colombia trip planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Santa Marta.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Santa Marta

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
View more tours

Side trips from Santa Marta

4.8
Duration: 4​h
1.3
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
3.8
Duration: 3​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Santa Marta

3.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 8​h

Beaches in Santa Marta

4.3
Duration: 3​h
3.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Nature in Santa Marta

2.4
Duration: 4​h

Where to stay in Santa Marta

No matter where you stay in Santa Marta's historical center, you'll never be more than a few minutes' walk from the beach. The old town offers countless accommodations, ranging from energetic youth hostels to cozy, family-run inns. Look to the seafront just outside of the historical center for luxury hotels and beach resorts. For a quieter experience, stay in the nearby beach town of Taganga, just north of Santa Marta.
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Santa Marta

15 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, teens, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM SERBIA January, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Peru, Ecuador & Colombia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 47 days in South America & United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans