Cristal Beach, Santa Marta

(4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Cristal Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Marta attractions using our Santa Marta trip generator.
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  • Somewhere beautiful and much quieter than other nearby beaches Santa Marta, the water is crystal clear, quiet and cold because they are in immediate vicinity of the saw, ideal for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and other water sports.
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  • We had a very special day, quiet, good food, crystal clear waters, swam with the fish, a dream
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  • Wide Beach white, huge variety of fish which makes it an excellent base for snorkeling. I did dive in other beaches and didn't see even half of fish that was here. There is no excess of peddlers as other beaches in Colombia. The water is completely crystalline and with excellent temperature, and the superb scenery, with lots of vegetation and trees in the beach giving shade. It has a hostel where the food is acceptable and affordable
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