Taganga used to be a fisher village 5km north of Santa Marta. Today it is very popular but still has a very layed-back and relaxed atmosphere. Especially Backpackers like this place. The village has 6.500 inhabitants and the main source of income is tourism. It is located directly at the caribbean coast and is surrounded by mountains. These contrasts make Taganga being a very nice location. Taganga has an ATM but it does not work with every credit card. You better bring enough money for your first day and try the ATM. If you can’t draw cash the next ones are in Santa Marta.
Here you can find a map of Taganga.
Arrival and Around
From Santa Marta minibuses (colectivos) run to Taganga frequently for COP 1.200. They leave from Carrera 5. The bus ride takes around 15 minutes. The bus stops at Carrera 2 in Taganga, there you have togo off and walk. Taxis from Santa Marta to Taganga cost between COP 9.000 and 11.000.
There are no big shops or supermarkets but some kiosks where you can get the essential things. For more shopping opportunities you have to visit Santa Marta.
Casa de Felipe (Carrera 5A No. 19-13) lies on the top of a hill and therefore the upstair terrace offers a very nice view down to the sea. The guesthouse is one of the best choices in Taganga. In the high season you definitely better make a reservation (Tel. +575 421 91 01). It has clean rooms with own bathroom (COP 45.000 one person, COP 60.000 twopersons) or dorms with shared bathroom (between COP 15.000 and 25.000). Upstairs a kitchen can be used to prepare your own food or to store something in the fridge. But Casa de Felipe also offers an excellent french cuisine that really is recommendable. You should try the Crepes with icecream as a desert. Breakfast also can be ordered but it is not included in the price. The guesthouse has a little bar where you can get some snacks and drinks. Don’t miss to taste the fresh made fruit juices; they are so delicious! In the garden they offer a lot of opportunities for relaxing; the best way is to grab a hammock and enjoy a nice breeze.
As already mentioned Casa de Felipe Guesthouse serves delicious food prepared by a french cook.
La Baguette de Maria (Calle 18 No. 3-47) is a nice restaurant with friendly owners. They serve a lot of different sandwiches. They are all fresh made with delicious ingredients. And you really have to taste their ice tea; this is outstanding!
Cafe Bonsai (Calle 13 No. 1-07) is a cosy Cafe where they serve homemade bread, pastriesand sandwiches. In the evening they also offer a very delicious BBQ. The only thing is that you should take some time and don’t be in a hurry when you go there.
Furthermore at the street to and along the beach you can find colombian women offering fresh fruit juices (delicious!) and a variety of colombian snacks.
Taganga is one of the spots in Colombia where it is possible to dive in the caribbean sea. Therefore you won’t have any problems finding a dive school. One with good equipment and very nice staff is the Octopus Dive Centre (Calle 15 No. 1b-14). They are a PADI 5 Star institution and they offer, of course PADI certification courses, fun dives, night dives and wreck dives.
Taganga has its own beach which is small and nothing amazing. But it is good for swimming. If you go for a 15 minutes walk you can reach the beach Playa Grande. This definitely is the more beautiful beach of those two. To go there you have to hike up at Hotel Bahia Taganga. It is also possible to take a boat from Taganga beach for COP 3.000 per person.
Taganga also is a perfect starting point if you want to visit Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.