Beautiful Salguero Beach in Santa Marta, Colombia (Photo: Ekaterina McClaud/Shutterstock)
Beautiful Salguero Beach in Santa Marta, Colombia (Photo: Ekaterina McClaud/Shutterstock)

Caroline Costello
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Santa Marta

Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia, is a colorful destination nestled between lush jungles and the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Santa Marta cruises allow visitors to embark on shore excursions to nearby waterfalls, Tayrona National Park or to kick back and relax on splendid beaches.

View brightly hued Spanish Colonial architecture on a tour around town, or head farther afield and see how one of Colombia's most well-known exports -- coffee -- is harvested. In town, tasty Colombian dishes abound, including fresh fish tacos, coconut rice and ceviche.

Shore Excursions

About Santa Marta


Pro

Find lively bars and restaurants on popular Rodadero Beach.

Con

Parts of Santa Marta can be unsafe for tourists, especially at night.

Bottom Line

Picturesque Santa Marta is rich in natural wonders and historical sites.


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