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Hotels in Santa Marta near Santa Marta (SMR-Simon Bolivar)

Santa Marta (SMR-Simon Bolivar) Hotels

Not to be mistaken for the Venezuelan hub of the same name, Simon Bolivar International Airport (SMR) serves the colonial city of Santa Marta. Set beside the shimmering Caribbean coast, the modest airport provides domestic services to a small handful of Colombian destinations, including the country’s capital Bogota. Around 16 kilometers’ drive away, Santa Marta city center is awash with simple seaside pleasures, whilst further north, Tayrona National Natural Park comes draped in unspoiled tropical splendor.

Hotels in Santa Marta (SMR-Simon Bolivar)

You’ll find the best choice of hotels near Simon Bolivar International Airport within Santa Marta itself. You can take your pick from lavish beach resorts complete with full-service spas, family-sized apartments in towering complexes, or one of many budget-friendly digs. The larger hotels provide the most vacation-styled amenities, with onsite restaurants, swimming pools, and fitness facilities.

Where to stay

A vacation favorite for sun, sea, and sand seeking Colombians, Santa Marta’s Rodadero Beach and Taganga Beach resorts are the most popular places to stay. The latter, an old fishing village, is a hotspot for international backpackers and scuba fans, whilst Rodadero appeals to a more upmarket crowd with its lux hotel portfolio. Either way, a stroll about the city’s colonial core is a must-do.

How to get to Santa Marta (SMR-Simon Bolivar)

As well as Bogota’s well-connected El Dorado International Airport, Simon Bolivar International has year-round domestic flights to Bucaramanga, Cali, and Medellin-Cordova. Once you’ve arrived and collected your luggage, you’re best off getting into Santa Marta by taxi. It’s around a 20 minute journey to the city center, which shouldn’t break the bank, though if you’re a backpacker on a budget you can always share with a fellow traveler. For those staying in some of the city’s more upmarket hotels, airport transfers are sometimes provided.