48 Hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia. You can choose from 48 Santa Marta hostels. In total, there are 99 cheap places to stay in Santa Marta such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $5 for a dorm.

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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.

Total number of hostels


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Santa Marta


(La Brisa Loca Hostel is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Santa Marta


(Color Hostel is the best rated)

Most Santa Marta hostels are located in

Centro Histórico, Rodadero, Barrio Jardin

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Santa Marta for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Santa Marta for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Santa Marta? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Santa Marta alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Santa Marta. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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

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

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?

Find your quick answer here
FAQ about Santa Marta Hostels

A hostel in Santa Marta costs on average $11 for a dorm. A hostel in Santa Marta with private rooms costs on average $68.

Hostelz.com shows all 48 Hostels in Santa Marta. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Aluna Casa y Cafe is the best hostel in Santa Marta for families.

The Dreamer Hostel is the best hostel in Santa Marta for groups.

Color Hostel and Cacao Hostel are the best rated hostels in Santa Marta for female solo travellers.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 48 hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Santa Marta such as

  • 37 hotels
  • 11 guesthouses
  • 4 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Santa Marta.

Color Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Marta.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for Santa Marta - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Santa Marta

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:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

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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Your Packing List for Santa Marta