Seafood in Santa Marta

Santa Marta is the fastest growing tourist destination in Colombia. Lush tropical landscapes; ecotourism, water and adventure sports; luxury hotels and great service make Santa Marta a top global destination for vacations. So what else is so great about Santa Marta? The cuisine! I have travelled extensively and always hunt out the finest restaurants everywhere I go. As a keen seafood fan, I especially enjoy seaside destinations, and Santa Marta is no exception, with an exceptional choice of seafood restaurants. Here I outline my favourite place and dishes for seafood in Santa Marta. My Favorite Seafood in Santa Marta Santa Marta is blessed with biodiversity all around, with landscapes from sea level to nearly 6000 metres enabling widely varied natural foods to be harvested locally. Most herbs and fruits and vegetables are available, many of which are never found in European and US supermarkets. Combined with a rich menu of locally caught fish, Santa Marta has all the right ingredients (literally!) for a culinary feast. Here are a few tasters, favourite dishes and restaurants to enjoy seafood in Santa Marta…  1.“Arroz Con Coco y Pescado Frito” The absolute classic costeño dish, available on every beach, in every local restaurant, and even in the top restaurants around town. The star of the dish is the coconut rice which is prepared with freshly grated coconut, and often Coca Cola! It’s like nothing you’ve tasted before. The secret to perfectly fried fish is hot enough oil and the perfect amount of cooking time. When done well, the fish is not at all greasy; it is perfectly tender and soft. No typical costeño dish would be complete without the patacones (fried plantains),...
Visiting Parque Tayrona

Visiting Parque Tayrona

Parque Tayrona is located in Magdalena, Colombia, about 34 Km away from Santa Marta. This park is one of the most well known eco tourism parks in Colombia. The park offers different accommodation choices depending on how (well) you would like to sleep. There are cabins for 4-6 people, luxury huts ideal for a couple, and camping grounds for those who want to get closer to nature, either in tents or a hammock! Parque Tayrona also has an auditorium, a restaurant and an interpretation center. If you want to relax and take a break, the park offers beautiful beaches with awesome views of the intensely blue ocean, with tropical mountains falling onto white deserted sands. For more exciting activities the park also has plenty of options; with ecological walks, snorkelling and scuba diving. The park also has archaeological remains of the ancient town of Tayrona. So what should you take in your luggage? Make sure to wear thick shoes that protect your ankles if you want to participate in the ecological walks. Beach shoes are also recommended so you can take full advantage of the beautiful beaches Try to take thin clothing made of cotton (it gets very hot in Tayrona), a bathing suit, trousers and long sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun and the branches you will encounter in the dense forests Make sure you take a baseball cap, a sombrero or something to protect your head from the blazing heat. Sun glasses and light rain gear is also recommended in the months August-November when short but sharp showers are possible Make sure you take valid identification and some kind of international insurance, just in case Some other Top Tayrona...
Spas in Santa Marta

Spas in Santa Marta

Traveling can be tiring and there are days where you just want to sit back and relax. While on holiday in Santa Marta, between enjoying the scenery, old historic buildings, and taking in the breathtaking surrounding nature, don;t forget to take some time out and treat yourself to a day at the spa. Spas in Santa Marta There are several spas in Santa Marta for you to pamper yourself and relax. Spending a day at the spa is great for couples, as many spas in Santa Marta have packages for couples. Here is are few recommended spas in Santa Marta: Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina Our first recommendation is of course… our very own spa at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina. Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina offers many therapeutic treatments that include: relaxing massages, chocolate therapy, volcanic rock massages, fruit massages, and reflexology. People absolutely fall in love with the massages given by our fully trained and always smiling masseuse, Nury. In addition to getting a very stress relieving massage, you can enjoy an amazing facial and other beauty treatments, including exfoliation, standard facial clean, deep facial clean, full wax, and half wax; Nury even offers reflexology. As you can see there plenty of services to choose from. Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina also offers four spa packages that include combinations of the treatments above, with great discounts. And you will spend 2-3 hours being totally pampered at a fraction of the price of back home! The setting is spectacular, inside a traditional bamboo hut on our fresh rooftop, with views out to sea! If you are not a guest at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina, we offer packages where following your spa treatment you can enjoy our...
Take A Dip In The Water! Our Favorite 5 Beaches In Santa Marta

Take A Dip In The Water! Our Favorite 5 Beaches In Santa Marta

The coastal city of Santa Marta has an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, with little variation year round, which makes it a perfect destination 12 months of the year. Thanks to a boost of national tourism at Christmas-New Year, Easter and August, Santa Marta practically fills up in these periods. If you prefer a more private Santa Marta, February, March, May-June and October-November are quieter periods. Having said that, Santa Marta is pretty busy year round with the best hotels above 70% occupation even in the low months. Hotel prices are certainly higher when Santa Marta gets above 90% occupation in the peak periods of the year. Visiting the Caribbean beaches in Santa Marta during the low season is a must-do experience for beach lovers who thrive on sunshine, beautiful landscapes, warm climates, and especially low prices and low crowds. Our 5 Favorite Beaches In Santa Marta 1. Playa Cristal If you enjoy snorkelling, adore fresh grilled fish, love lazing on a towel posed on soft white sand, or dipping in calm turquoise waters, Playa Cristal could be your paradise. It’s a an hour’s drive, plus 10 minute boat from Santa Marta, and after 300 people enter (which happens by 7am in peak season!) the gates are closed to keep the experience exclusive and the nature in tact. Tours to Playa Cristal cost around 90,000 COP (30 USD), including park entry, land and sea transport, and a guide. Food and drink are additional Ideal for: Snorkeling, swimming, sleeping, kids, couples, fish lovers! Take your underwater camera! Playa Grande If you choose to stay in Taganga (a small town just minutes away from Santa Marta), you can get to this beach by going on a...
Visit Santa Marta

Visit Santa Marta

Santa Marta, Colombia is a beautiful and charming city. There are many reasons to why you should visit Santa Marta. Santa Marta has many activities for you, your friends, and the whole family to enjoy. Dining, nightlife, beaches, hikes, and museum tours are just a few things that Santa Marta has to offer. Tourism has increased in the past years and more trendy restaurants and cafes have opened up.     Where To Stay When You Visit Santa Marta Book your stay at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina when you visit Santa Marta. Our luxurious but relaxed and friendly hotel is located in a calm area of the Historic Centre. Our warm and professional staff will be delighted to help you plan your trip, advise where to eat, where to go out, and anything else you throw at them. Contact us for more information about Santa...