45 Hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

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Get to know Santa Marta (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santa Marta. To help you make friends with Santa Marta before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Santa Marta (no more

Santa Marta is located in the north of Colombia on the Caribbean coast. Santa Marta is a port town, with a small beach, and many restaurants, banks, markets, a post office, and a bus terminal.

Santa Marta is a good base for trips to the nearby Tyrona National Park, a tropical jungle located on the coast of the Caribbean, with white powdered sand beach; large coconut trees; and clear, calm, and water waters. There are several daily boats that operate from Santa Marta to Tyrona. There is also an option to take a taxi to the park entrance, and hike through the national park, to the beach. Multi-day treks can also be arranged from Santa Marta to the Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida). This can be quite demanding -- you'll be trekking through the jungle for several hours in knee-high mud; however, the views of the surrounding jungle environment, wildlife, and city ruins are worth all the hard work. The price of the trek is government monitored, and includes a guide, all transport, food, and accommodation. The trek can be done in four, five, or six days.

Hostels in Santa Marta provide basic facilities, such as complimentary breakfast, communal areas, free Wi-Fi, lockers for your valuables, as well as overnight luggage storage (for people going on a multi-day trek). Fans and a fully equipped communal kitchen are sometimes included. Hostel staff can usually offer advice on activities, such as hikes in the nearby national parks, and information on local events. Hostels in Santa Marta usually have an onsite bar, with happy hour, and a social vibe, making them an ideal place to meet other travelers.

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Marta hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Marta hostels Kelly Sheldrick

FAQ about Santa Marta Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Santa Marta. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Santa Marta. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Aluna Casa y Cafe is the best hostel in Santa Marta for families.
Color Hostel and Cacao Hostel are the best rated hostels in Santa Marta for female solo travellers.
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Color Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Marta.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Santa Marta

Your Packing List for Santa Marta

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Santa Marta and Colombia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Santa Marta Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Santa Marta, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
45 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Santa Marta
Flamingo Hostel & Coworking is the cheapest
30 Party hostels in Santa Marta
Color Hostel is the best rated
Most Santa Marta hostels are located in
Centro Histórico, Rodadero, Barrio Jardin
6.8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Taganga (3 Km / 2 mi.)
Bonda (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Minca (14 Km / 9 mi.)
Tayrona Park (30 Km / 18 mi.)
Buritaca (46 Km / 28 mi.)
Don Diego (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Palomino (69 Km / 43 mi.)

Travel Tips for Santa Marta - from the Community

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