RE: Dash's Santa Marta, Colombia Data Sheet
A few corrections and additions to the original post
WHERE TO STAY
Easy to find an apartment in Rodadero , hard to find one in Santa Marta. Ballpark $250+ per month
Parque Santander and Parque de Los Novios are the same place. Mostly known as Parque de los Novios. Great place for day game if you like old men, dudes selling coffee and dudes selling gum. If you like girls, this doesn’t seem to be the place during the day. Sure the occasional hot girl will walk by the park, but if you want to stand somewhere and game girls walking by Carrera 5 (1 minute away) is exponentially better. Late evening and night your chances at the park are better due to the insane heat during the day.
Ocean Mall is 2 stories with around 25 stores in it. There are about 5 attractive girls working in the mall as of writing. Not very many attractive girls walking around but there are occasionally some.
Parque Bolivar is the largest and busiest park. Gets a nice breeze from the ocean. Many banks and some office building nearby gives it a good traffic flow, prime time 8-9 and 4-6. Not many single girls or groups of girls sitting there but lots of people walking around. Juan Valdez café is right there to take them to if they are free.
Besides Thursday to Saturday there isn’t much open or going on in Santa Marta.
Valhalla-has not existed since the summer of 2010. Now it is Vonchess. Calle 17 btwn 3rd and 4th
Mi Ranchito is in Rodadero not Santa Marta
La Puerta- the best place to pick up tail. Not a classy place but the clientele is open to talking and hanging with foreigners. Quality of tail here is ok to good, probably closer to ok. Beer 3k pesos, bar closes 3 AM Friday and Saturday, Thursday it closes whenever it feels like, I’ve been there ‘til 3 and walked by another week and it was closed at midnight. Calle 17 btwn 2nd and 3rd
Mariamu Kna Bar- cool decorations and layout, good music, better looking women than La Puerta but the clientele is not very friendly. Majority of people seem to be students with blackberries. There was a cover charge when I went on the weekend not sure if there always is one (5-10K pesos no drink included). Calle 17 btwn 3rd and 4th
Matimba- Dash had a good description, clientele seems to be the same as Mariamu but the place is larger and has a better layout. Calle 17 btwn 3rd and 4th
Ancon- 2nd btwn Calle 17 and Calle 16
Lautrec- 2nd btwn Calle 17 and Calle 16 went to both of these places pretty wasted and late but seemed like similar clientele as Maiamu Kna
Crabs- rock and roll bar and the most western style bar in town. Mostly Colombian clientele but some expats as well. Owner plays 60’s and 70’s rock videos on the numerous TV’s in the bar. There is a pool table but as of writing it was missing a ball, and I don’t think they are in a hurry to replace it. Owner and waitresses are very friendly. Calle 18 btwn 3rd 4th
Banana’s- a dump, I’ve only seen guys walk into the place, wouldn’t be surprised if it was a whorehouse, but I didn’t go in so I’m not sure.
Two most popular nearby beaches are at Taganga Beach and Playa Grande (20 minute walk from Taganga). Taganga Beach is ok, Playa Grande is good not great. Sometime the water is dirty in both ie trash floating around, especially after heavy rains. Picturesque places from the nearby hills but these beaches won’t blow you away.
Maybe a dozen scuba shops in Taganga, typical package is a 2 dive fun dive, typically 120K pesos with everyone except 150K pesos with Poseidon. They charge more bc their boat is much larger and nicer, and you get your own dive computer for the dive. Diving is good, will need wet suit regardless of outside temperature. Advanced course about $300 bucks. Aquantis and Poseidon have the best equipment, Poseidon being 1st.
Closest “western style” gym to the Centro is on the second floor of Ocean Mall (15-20 min. walk from El Centro or 4K peso taxi ride). One month 91K pesos, if you pay for 1 day I think it’s 12K pesos. Plenty of treadmills and bikes, typical free weights and machines. There is 1 or 2 others near Buena Vista Mall but I didn’t check them out (additional 15 min walk same taxi fare)
There are some in Santa Marta and Taganga, they were all crap. I’ve taught English as a foreign language and have studied Spanish in 5 countries so I feel I know what a good teacher is. If you’re serious about learning Spanish avoid this city, need a few pointers it might be ok. Obviously I did not study with every single teacher but what I saw was not impressive.
Santa Marta is nice laid back city. Nightlife is below average, girls maybe average looking. It’s a nice place to stay on your way to Parque Tayrona which is awesome. I wouldn’t stay more than a week or so, maybe only a few days.
Colombian women positives: sexy, very affectionate, like to party
Colombian women negatives: flakey beyond belief, nosey, princess syndrome
Taganga is nearby and a nice place to do nothing, smoke weed and hang with Europeans, Aussie’s and Israeli’s. I only went there for the beach on weekends or to dive so I have no input on the nightlife and it’s so small you can find every place is 5 minutes.
These are MY opinions and luck and many factors can make your trip better or worse. I saw maybe 3 holy crap hot girls after a few months in Santa Marta. Compared to Tokyo or Shanghai where you see them hourly (obviously you see more people per hour also). On the coast I was not impressed with Colombian girls looks, most are fat, ones with good bodies often have braces. FYI I prefer slender chicks for a frame of reference. I’m sure Medellin and Bogota have hotter girls but I didn’t go.
Now I await for the obligatory you hated it bc you didn’t get laid (I did)response. Go….