Cristal Beach, Santa Marta

4.3
#1 of 6 in Beaches in Santa Marta District
Set within a picturesque bay surrounded by mountains, Cristal Beach draws visitors with its white sand and crystal clear waters. Snorkel near the colorful coral reefs and explore the local marine life, or engage in water sports. You can also taste some delicious seafood or take a boat trip to the small fishing village of Taganga. The beach is part of the Tayrona National Natural Park, which charges foreigners an entrance fee. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Santa Marta fast, fun, and easy.
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  • The best caretaje in the world! Is well worth making the experience of caretaje on the reefs of this beach. The beach is not very big but worth to live that experience. Personally, it was the best of my trip.
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  • The Colombian Caribbean beach. Explosion of nature. An added attraction: arrive by boat. Second appeal: perfect for the snorkelling. One pass. Thousand species of fish and coral. Essential
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  • Beach is nice, is not the typical Beach in the Caribbean, but is still very nice and have the great incentive to see plenty of fish half a metre of the edge, even without submerging. You must get by boat to this beach. You must first go to the entrance of the Naguanje Tayrona. If they go for free there is a motorcycle at the beginning of the road carrying them to purchase their tickets and then arrange the boat, how many more are better to divide up the price of the boat or grouped with more people also need. Tour that includes all transportation and entrance can be made. While there is a maximum capacity, I think it is too much. The best time to go is from 13 h, since the people who go with organized tour will eat over that time and 3 p.m. start to leave.
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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.
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