Fruits de Mer in Santa Marta

Fruits de Mer in Santa Marta

Fruits de Mer 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...
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...
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...
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...