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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...
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...
Minca – A Day Trip into the Sierra Nevada

Minca – A Day Trip into the Sierra Nevada

When considering a list of things to do in Santa Marta, invariably at the top of the list come the many pristine beaches in and around the National Park of Tayrona, between 30 and 60 minutes from Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina. But don’t let that be your only experience, there are many other things to do and see in and around Santa Marta. A fun day out with beautiful vistas and quite different “feel” can be had visiting the little village of Minca. Minca, a small village in the Sierra Nevada Minca is the perfect place for relaxation. It’s a small town in the Sierra Nevada, about 630 metres above sea level, in a coffee producing region. For visitors, there are plenty of simple pleasures, from observing the abundant, tropical vegetation to bird watching or swimming in one of the crystalline river creeks or waterfall plunge pools. Minca is a great choice to escape the sweltering heat of the coast; thanks to its altitude and proximity to higher peaks and fresh breezes. In the evening it can even feel slightly chilly! The village is very pretty – a must if you are in the area. Many consider it a colony of alternative thinkers, and artists, and refugees from chaotic city life. It is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility, and a respite from the tropical coastal heat of Santa Marta. Although Minca is close to the Caribbean coastline, due to its lush mountain location, the vegetation is completely different. There is an abundance of vibrant and dense green plant life. The area’s fertility made it one of Colombia’s first regions to exploit coffee cultivation and the tropical flowers, for sale...

Enjoy a day in Taganga

Taganga Santa Marta The next time you are staying at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina take a day to visit Taganga. Taganga is a fishing village that lies on the Santa Marta coast. It is only a 10-15 minute drive from our hotel. In recent years Taganga has really progressed. A number of  restaurants and dancing nightclubs have opened up with a decent selection of hostal and hotel options. Scuba diving has become very popular here with dozens of scuba diving schools on offer. Getting certified from these schools takes a couple of days, and they are known to be very economical compared to other scuba diving certification schools around the world. There is a wide variety of tropical fish to see with offshore reefs and wrecks to visit, Tanganga and the surrounding bays boast a diverse marine life. If you’re looking for a more peaceful option of sunning and relaxation, with softly shelving sand and calm warm waters, Playa Grande is the option for you. There are two ways to get to Playa Grande beach; you can take a 5 minutes boat ride from Taganga or you can walk 20 minutes from the cliff that closes the bay. The hike has an amazing view from the top, but there are very occasional problems of tourists being asked for money or even being robbed, so just be aware, don’t take valuables, and stay in a group. We have done the hike numerous times with no problems. Playa Grande is one of the more popular beaches for tourists, so don’t be surprised if it’s crowded, especially on the weekend but great for local people watching. Playa Grande is a spacious beach where you can lay out in the sand...

Why I love Santa Marta

Why I love Santa Marta As the owner of Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina, and family man in Santa Marta, I always get asked what I love about Santa Marta. In this blog post I will go over some of the main reasons why I love Santa Marta so much. Santa Marta is on the north coast of Colombia. It hugs the Caribbean Sea making it a picturesque location. Santa Marta is the oldest surviving city in Latin America today, dating back to July 29, 1525 the days of Spanish Conquistador Rodrigo de Bastidas. Santa Marta is the Colombia’s third largest coastal. Along with its amazing beaches the city is bordered by the breathtaking and unique mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Range (the highest coastal range in the world, with snow and Caribbean sea around 10km apart!). Up until about 10 years ago, guerilla and illegal drug activity would shy tourists away from Santa Marta. The Colombian government has cracked down on crime and has remodelled the old city. Improvements on city parks and streets have not only attracted tourists, but also business owners. New restaurants, hotels and discos have emerged which makes Santa Marta a great place after hours. Five years ago Santa Marta’s historic centre had very little to offer visitors, but today there is a wide array of things to do and see. One of my favorite spots is Parque de Los Novios (Sweetheart’s Park). It is a hot spot for locals and foreigners to gather and socialize. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, Parque de los Novios is decorated with flowers and trees, couples stroll along and hang out on the park benches; a sight somewhat out of...