Lives in Bogota, Colombia
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I love to travel...feeling the real magic of the places, exploring flavors, people, landscapes. I like to feel like a local everywhere, as if some friend would guiding me but at the same time I like to live my city as a traveler. I enjoy to share my city with foreigners.
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Tayrona National Park is one of most iconic places in Colombia, and some of the country's best beaches can be found here. The beauty of the seascape mixed with the powerful imagery of the mountains is truly stunning, and you can soak it all in on one of the following well maintained beaches: Cañaveral, Arrecifes, La Arenilla, La Piscina, Cabo San Juan del Guia, Playa del Medio, or Boca del Saco. I recommend staying here for at least three days to explore all the interesting features of this park — there's far more to discover than sand and sea!
This beach is perfect for a peaceful day out. Though it's a private area (meaning you have to pay a small fee to enter), the landscape of typical, tropical forest is simply amazing. And you can spend hours swimming through schools of fish and snorkeling to your heart's content. You can even camp out for the night.
Cristal is one of the most beautiful beaches in Parque Tayrona. As the name suggests, the water is amazingly clear here, and the white sand provides the perfect place to throw your towel down for a while. Relax, snorkel, or eat a delicious meal of fresh fish at one of the beach restaurants — all of this awaits just a 40-minute walk from the main road.
This beach is located 15 minutes from Rodadero. Take a boat, do some snorkeling, and enjoy one of the clearest stretches of water and white sand in Santa Marta. Also situated close to the aquarium, Playa Blanca makes for the perfect day trip. In addition to awesome landscapes, you will find many good options for lunch.
Playa Grande is the principal beach in the Taganga area. It's completely natural, quiet, and isolated — and during the week it is peaceful and pretty much deserted. Follow the nature trail (about a 10-minute walk) from Taganga's center to this secluded stretch of sand, and enjoy the awesome view.
This beach is for those looking to disconnect from the world for a while. An absolutely peaceful place, Playa del Parque Tayrona Granate offers just the sea, the sand, the sound of the waves, and you. A 25-minute boat ride from Taganga, this spot is also the best place for diving in Tayrona.
Although it is located next to the very popular El Rodadero beach, Playa Salguero offers a contrast to Rodadero's crowds. Here, you'll find a peaceful sandy stretch to enjoy — far away from the hustle of the hawkers. This is also one of the best places to admire the sunset in the city.
Quiet, small, and offering awesome views, Playaca lies farther away from Santa Marta (towards Taganga), and you'll certainly feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. While the infrastructure here is basic, that's also part of the charm. You'll soon find yourself relaxing and unwinding in this little piece of paradise.