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Weddings in Santa Marta

Weddings in Santa Marta

The planning process of your wedding maybe one of the most stressful times in your life.  There are many important decisions to make; what food to serve, how many people to invite, color scheme, and so on… One of these important decisions is the location of your wedding. In your list of destinations that you are considering, Santa Marta, Colombia should be among them. Santa Marta has recently grown in popularity for wedding destinations and tourism. There are many things to consider when planning weddings in Santa Marta.  Weddings in Santa Marta Santa Marta is surrounded by the most beautiful natural parks and paradise beaches. The city is Colombia’s oldest surviving city and it was the first settlement of the Spanish. It is also the second oldest surviving city in all of South America, dating from 1525.   Santa Marta offers lush tropical forests at National Tayrona Park, where the green vegetation meets the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. This scenery makes for the perfect setting for any weddings in Santa Marta. Your guests will surely enjoy the combination of the beach and the jungle. The weather in Santa Marta is perfect for a beach wedding. Hot temperatures and cool ocean breezes combine for great comfortability for you and all of your guests. This is one of the many reasons why people have weddings in Santa Marta. Remember you are on the coast, so dress accordingly. Typical beach Colombian weddings do not require suit and tie dress codes. The men dress in soft colors specifically in white. The ladies wear almost about anything to look beautiful, but never...
Water Sports in Santa Marta

Water Sports in Santa Marta

We hope you brought your bathing suit to Santa Marta, Colombia! There are plenty of water sports in and around Santa Marta that you can experience while your stay at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina. Santa Marta can get very hot and humid. Aside from a refreshing cool glass of maracuya (passion fruit), enjoying water sport activities is the best way to cool down and discover the beautiful Caribbean ocean’s delights. Here are some of our suggestions and tips about the water sports in Santa Marta. Diving Go scuba diving! We have mentioned scuba diving in Santa Marta in some of our earlier posts, but it is definitely worth mentioning again. In the last few years scuba diving has increased in popularity in Santa Marta with numerous diving schools to choose from, competitive rates and certification courses that take only a couple of days to complete. Scuba diving in Santa Marta is actually more economical than many other parts of the world, and unlocks a new world of hidden treasures below the Caribbean sea’s surface. The beaches, wrecks and corrals of Santa Marta contain a wide variety of tropical fish, clear and safe waters, offering a diverse and unique scuba diving experience. If you’re looking for a scuba diving school in Santa Marta feel free to contact us. We’ll help you find the right one. Surfing “Surf city, here we come”! Okay so when you think of surfing, Colombia does not come first to mind. However, the surf here in Santa Marta is fun and great for beginners. The surf can pick up during a swell sometimes reaching 8 feet high (faces). Much like there are scuba schools, there are plenty of surfing schools close...
What Is A True Boutique Hotel And Where To Find It?

What Is A True Boutique Hotel And Where To Find It?

Charming, transgressive, out-of-the-norm places that go against the current – these are some of the characteristics that the best boutique hotels in Santa Marta, Colombia attract. Background Boutique hotels started appearing during the 80’s in New York City and their breakthrough into the mainstream happened during the late 90’s. This type of hotel arose as an answer to a market niche created by big hotel chains whose services became too standardised and impersonal for some guests. But What Exactly is a Boutique Hotel? For most of us, a boutique hotel is a place that makes us feel unique by paying attention to the small details. As of late, Colombia has seen a surge of businesses boasting the “boutique hotel” moniker, regardless of whether said business truly deserves the name or not. This, of course, only fosters confusion in tourists and visitors, who are often not knowledgeable enough to tell a true boutique hotel from a regular hotel. Exclusivity: First off: A boutique hotel has to be exclusive. This term, now abundant in mainstream marketing, fits the idea behind hotel boutiques perfectly. If for example you needed to purchase a new shirt but are not looking for anything fancy, you would normally go to the nearest shopping mall and pick one up from the bargain bin, right? Simple and straightforward. But should you be looking for something more durable, better quality, classier and more fitting for special occasions, you would go to a boutique to get your shirt. The same principle applies to hotels – they must not be a franchise or part of a large hotel chain. A boutique hotel worth its salt must...

Hotels in Santa Marta: The Rundown So Far

 Santa Marta from the Colombian Tourism Perspective Santa Marta, the capital city of the Magdalena department, was founded in 1525. It is now the oldest city in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. Today, it boasts, amongst many others, the title of “the Green Capital of Colombia”. Before getting to the hotels in Santa Marta let’s talk about tourism in Colombia. Tourism in Colombia is regulated by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, with contributions from the Treasury and Culture Ministries; with a view to improve the national economy and to widely promote the Colombian cultural heritage. The Colombian government appointed both Cartagena and Santa Marta as special districts whose “function within the national framework is to preserve and promote Colombian history and culture”. To this end, the Colombian government often sets marketing and publicity campaigns in motion. So far, these campaigns have been made for the Meta department, Bogotá, Malpelo Island, Los Ocarros Park in Villavicencio, the Chicamocha National Park in Santander, and many more. It is worthy to mention that the beaches at the Tayrona Park in Santa Marta were ranked the 2nd most sought-after natural vacation destination in the world in 2014. And not without reason. Some of the most beautifully preserved virgin ocean landscapes lie inside Tayrona park, with tall coconut palms kissing deserted white beaches and turquoise waters. Where to Stay Santa Marta has a solid hotel infrastructure. Many famous hotel chains are present in the city, with hotels in Santa Marta that range from business to luxurious to country-style. Scattered throughout the city, one can also find a wide offer of...
Nightlife in Santa Marta

Nightlife in Santa Marta

The city of Santa Marta is pretty small with a total population of around 500,000. The night life is a more low key “pueblo/village” compared to the much bigger cities of Medellin and Bogota. Santa Marta offers a number of small bars and clubs around Parque de Los Novios which nevertheless make for a great night out. Even without a major nightlife district or “Zona Rosa”, there are numerous places to go out to in Santa Marta and Rodadero. On Calle 17 between Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 you can find great bars to socialise, have some drinks and dance the night away. New and modern bars are opening up and will add more entertainment options to the old city. Visit Ouzo restaurant at Parque de Los Novios for a great meal and some drinks before venturing out to sample the nightlife in Santa Marta. Ouzo itself can get quite animated with live music outside and the neighbouring bars in the Parque de los Novios. The best nights to go out are Thursdays to Saturdays, particularly mid and end month when the locals have been paid! You will be exposed to a variety of music genres. There is a fusion of Salsa, Vallenato, Latin Pop and some European/American music thrown into the mix. A popular bar and nightclub in Santa Marta is La Puerta, one of our favourites for a relaxed night of dancing. La Puerta is located on Calle 17 #2-29 and offers a great mix of music and people, generally university age up to around 30-40, but there is no limit! A slightly upper class option great for some salsa dancing and more of a lounge feel is Latinos,...