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Beach of Taganga

Beach of Taganga

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Taganga is a small fishing village 5 kilometres north of Santa Marta at the Caribbean coast in Colombia. This is not the idyllic fishing village it once was, but local authorities have realized some tourism implementation on the front beach and tried to improve the infrastructure. It still has charm and might be a nicer place than Santa Marta to explore the surrounding attractions or do some diving.



Sights and Activities

Taganga is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains covered in natural flora and fauna. There are millions of lovely fish and corals which can be reached by short walks and snorkeling out to corals. People watching and good mellow times are to be had along the beach road and loads of beautiful tourists.

Taganga has become a popular scuba diving spot. Diving spots are usually near the small island "Aguja", a part of Tayrona National Park. The underwater of Taganga has a big diversity of marine life. There are a dozen diving schools in town, but be careful where you do your courses. There are many reports of travelers doing their courses, paying and never receiving any certificate. Be careful for your safety: some diving centers have pretty old equipment, never follow safety rules such as safety-stop and even skip important skills/exams during the course or have dive masters teaching courses, check if you will be with a real instructor.



Getting There

By Car

Taxi fare from bus terminal of Santa Marta to Taganga starts from $7,000, but drivers usually charge more for foreigners. Be sure to negotiate before you take. The fare from the main beach of Santa Marta (Carrera 1) to Taganga starts from $10,000 and raises to 12,000 on Sundays, holidays and nights. For cruise ship passengers arriving in Santa Marta there are plenty of taxis and mini-buses waiting in a gated police controlled area to take you.

By Bus

Frequent minibuses (collectivos) go from Carrera Quinta (5th), in Santa Marta to the center of Taganga for COL$ 1,400 per person. It's about 15 minutes and a beautiful ride. You can get off at the Mirador and walk down to town.

Berlinas bus company offers shuttle tickets from Taganga hostels to Cartagena at around 35.000 pesos. DivaExpe (see tour operator) sells tickets.

By Boat

There is a daily boat arriving from Cabo in the Tayrona National Park at 4:00pm. To reach Cabo there is a daily boat leaving early in the morning at about 9:30am. The 1-hour boat ride can be really rough in the open ocean. Protect your belongings with plactic bags, because especially in the back of the boat you get all wet. There is a fix price of 40,000 COP each way. The entrance fee for the National Park has to be paid at the beach.




Overpriced, mid-quality restaurants that specialize mainly in fish dishes are clustered on the beach. But it's worthwhile to walk up two blocks. Note you can buy fresh fish from fisherman right at the left side of beach from afternoon into the evening - large fishes go from 5,000 per fish and up. They will cut it for you and give you just the fillet if you want.

  • Republika Taganguera Divanga's - French Restaurant/Bar/Swimming pool. Located in DIVANGA nice hostel with swimming pool 2 blocks straight from Delfin Hostel on the beach. good vibes.(57-5)421 90 92.
  • Che Luis, usually very crowded with locals/Israelis. Mostly an Israeli place and very loud as well.
  • El Reef, Cra1 # 15-09. Great panini sandwich and good salad. The speciality : very good waffles with ice cream and nutella.
  • Café Bonsai, Calle 13 # 1-07 (by the beach, a block from sensation), ☎ +57 5 4219495. 8.00-22.30. Great breakfasts (freshly baked breads, wholegrain or rye sour dough, creamy yogurt with homemade jams and granola). Lunch with excellent sandwiches, big, fresh and tasty with some extremely nice sauces. Also available: Lunch Salads, Colombian excelso arabica coffee or tea, tasty brownies, really fresh variant of mojito. AC, WiFi and great music. Café Bonsai also offers Spanish instruction. 1,5-8 USD.
  • Babaganoush Restaurant/Bar, above dive center tayrona (cr 1 no 18-22), ☎ +57 3188681476. 17.00-23.30. A new restaurant opened by the previous(dutch)chef from Casa Felipe. Beautiful place with nice sea view, lounge area and terrace, international cuisine, pumpkin soup, beef carpacio, vitello tonato, curries, tikka masala, pastas, fresh fish fillet, filet mignon with red wine or blue cheese sauce, homemade desserts. Sunset happy hour 17.00-21.30.




It would be good idea to take a couple of "Stubbie Coolers" (Australian vernacular for an item which keeps the beer in your bottle cooler or longer) as the heat in Taganga will have you drinking warm beer by the time you are at the end of your drink.




  • Casa Blanca, ☎ +57 5 421 9232, +57 300 805 4968. Opened in 1998 by Colombian/Swiss team Carlos Botache and Bernard Gusten, Casa Blanca has become a favorite amongst beach-loving travelers and provides an excellent base for those taking dive courses in town or those wanting to make the most of their time by the sea. Prices are 18,000 Pesos pp with a 2,000 Pesos single supplement. Double rooms are 40,000 Pesos. Heavy Drug Influence on Beach in Front - be careful at night.
  • Divanga, Calle 12 with 4, ☎ +57 5 421 90 92, e-mail: [email protected]. Backpackers' bed and breakfast. Includes a beautiful swimming pool that creates a great social area. The staff is friendly. Comfortable and clean rooms with shower/toilet at only C$34.000 per person, in dorm 29.000 pesos including internet and a generous breakfast. The view from the roof is fantastic, especially at sunset and a roof top bar plays excellent music. There is also a comfy TV room with cable TV and DVD player, an internet room with free high speed internet and Wi-Fi access and a restaurant inside serving excellent food. Free luggage storage. Discount for Hostelling International members.
  • Casa Divanga, e-mail: [email protected]. Divanga's little sister at one block down. You get access to Divanga's pool. Shady patio and communal kitchen. Spanish courses available. Includes a tourism information point with Taganga's map and full information about Tayrona park. Dorm : from 19,000 COP.
  • Hotel Oso Perezoso, Calle 17 # 2-36, ☎ +57 5 421-8041, e-mail: [email protected]. Hotel Oso Perezoso is a three-story structure, perfectly designed to catch the cool breezes of Taganga and enjoy a chill atmosphere amid a 360 degree view. The first floor has three rooms and a store, free bag storage, and a book exchange. The second floor has four bright guest rooms with views of the ocean that open onto a breezy open-air corridor. The third floor is a gorgeous rooftop Tsunami bar and cafe with WiFi internet (C$5,000 extra), a 800GB jukebox, plenty of room for hammock chillin' and a sassy parrot. From here you can watch the sun rise over the mountains, watch the sun melt into the Caribbean, sip on a cold beer, and order something from the full-service restaurant. Restaurant and bar are open to the public. Room prices range from 15,000COP a night per person (hammocks), to 20,000COP a night per person (first floor), to 28,000COP per person per night (on the second floor). All rooms have private baths, excluding hammocks. Big breakfast is included with each room rate.
  • La Casa de Felipe, Carrera 5A 19-13 (behind the football field), ☎ +57 5 421-9101, e-mail: [email protected]. Popular hostel. Several apartments some with kitchen, dormitory and hammocks if everything else is full. There is a communal kitchen, internet facilities, free wifi, laundry service, nice terraces and a friendly staff. Always crowded by backpackers. 15 minutes by walking from the beach. Prices between C$15.000 and C$45.000. Breakfast C$6.000.Discount for Hostelling International-members.
  • La Tortuga Hostel, Calle 9 No. 3-116, ☎ +57 5 4219048, +57 3202589677, e-mail: [email protected]. Check-out: 11:30AM. Clean and comfortable en-suite dorms and privates, a roof bar, garden swimming pool, tour info, private diving instructor, lost city treks, jenga tournaments, super friendly staff, 24 hour reception, free storage, internet acces, free wi-fi, book exchange, laudry service. From $22.000 COP. www.tortugahostel.com.
  • Moramar Backpackers International (In front of the football field), ☎ +57 5 4219202, e-mail: [email protected]. New. Good atmosphere, great service, nice views of the sea and the Sierra. C$15.000 pesos for a single room to C$8.000 for a hammock,. edit

ReyMARIn (used to stand for Miramar backwards when it was a Miramar hotel, now, it is the sea king). Manager Chichi has 50 years of fishing experience. Family serves nice food next door.

  • Techos Azules, Sector Dunkarinka Cabaña 1-100, ☎ +57 5 421 91 41, +57 316 648 0731, e-mail: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected]. Nicely placed at the entrance of the town, it has hammocks, private rooms with bathroom, "cabañas" (two rooms, sitting room with kitchen, shower with toilet). Beautiful views on Taganga and the bay. Around 20,000 COP per person, discounts can be contracted if you are in a group or staying for a longer period.
  • Casa Caluca (Near Casa de Felipe hostel.). Popular holiday apartment for holiday weekend, short term, and long term rent. In a quiet area with sea views over Taganga. COP40.000 per day, or COP650.000 per month.

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Keep Connected


Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.


See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.

Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.


4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.


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