7 Beaches for Snorkeling in Santa Marta, Colombia
Discover 7 beaches for snorkeling in Santa Marta, Colombia. These are places in Santa Marta where you can snorkel without having to take a boat ride. All you have to do is get to the beach via a short bus ride or hike. This is great for me because I love snorkeling, but am not a fan of boat rides or tours.
Some of these beaches are in Tayrona National Park, which is not actually in Santa Marta, but close enough.
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7 Beaches for Snorkeling in Santa Marta
These first three beaches for snorkeling are in Taganga. They are the snorkeling spots in Santa Marta that I frequented most because I lived in Taganga.
1. Techos Azules
Snorkeling at Techos Azules was less than a 5-minute walk from my apartment. If you start from Taganga and walk up the hill towards the Mirador you will see the road to Techos Azules to your right. By Mirador I mean the lookout point, not the clubs. Techos Azules is accommodation distinguished with blue roofs. Walk down that road to the water. The beach is small and within swimming distance of the main beach in Taganga. The snorkeling isn’t that great, but it is enough to keep you busy for 30 minutes or so. The water is clearer the further away you get from Taganga, so swim to your left.
2. On the Way to Playa Grande
As you hike from Taganga to Playa Grande there are some trails leading into quiet beach coves. I didn’t try them all, but those I did try the snorkeling was better than at Techos Azules.
3. Playa Grande
Playa Grande is a short hike from Taganga. It is a bit busier than the first couple of places on this list, especially on weekends. The snorkeling here is the best in Taganga. Go on the far left of the beach (as you look at the ocean) and out 20 meters or so.
4. Playa Blanca
You can find Playa Blanca along the coast between the city center and Rodadero. The most popular way to get there is by boat from Rodadero, but you can hike there too. The snorkeling at Playa Blanca is worth checking out since there is a protected coral area there. The beach itself is pretty busy.
5. La Piscina
La Piscina is a beach in Tayrona National Park. To get there from Santa Marta involves a one-hour bus ride followed by a hike in. I didn’t actually go snorkeling in La Piscina here but I assume it would be worthwhile.
6. Cabo San Juan del Guia
There are a few places to go snorkeling in Tyrona National Park. I spent a day there and after a 3 to 4-hour hike in I went snorkeling in Cabo San Juan del Guia. The snorkeling in Cabo San Juan del Guia is decent. The water is clear and the fish are a bit more colorful than around Taganga.
7. Bahia Concha
Bahia Concha is in Tayrona Park but is far away from the main entrance so you don’t need to pay the standard entrance fee. There is still a small cost because it is on private property, but it is only 5,000COP as opposed to 48,500COP. The snorkeling here was pretty good. I went to the far side of the beach and actually saw some colorful coral. I don’t think I even saw that in Cabo San Juan del Guia.
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Accommodation in Santa Marta
While doing all this snorkeling you will need a place to stay. There are lots of options. I stayed in Tanganga. It’s cheap and close to the beach, though not so convenient if you like to be near the town proper. Though buses run regularly, they stop at night. There are always taxis and motorbike to get you around though.
Wherever you choose to stay, you can use the form below to find your preferred accommodation.
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Snorkeling was one of my favorite past times while living in Santa Marta. I did it almost every other day and I didn’t step on a boat once! Getting to some of these places took a little effort, but they were all worth it.
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