Enjoy the best view in town from this great apartment at Playa Los Cocos, a beach within walking distance of Santa Marta's historic center. Awesome ocean view room with a private restroom and a private balcony in a penthouse duplex with two other rooms and a studio (our home) Shared use of a fully equipped kitchen, living room and dinning area, and studio. 24/7 doorman, gated community, small comunal pool. We'd be happy to help you make your trip to magical Santa Marta memorable.
The space, a private room on the first level of a penthouse duplex, boasts amazing views to the Caribbean and Santa Marta's iconic Morro, from both the room and its private balcony. The room is located on the apartment's first floor, alongside the living room and the kitchen, and has its own bathroom. The second floor has two other rooms and a studio.
The apartment is the penthouse of a 30 year old building, without a doubt the most charming of the developments sitting along Los Cocos beach. We have a small soundsytem and a fully furnished kitchen (oven included) which guests are welcome to use. The balcony in the room is great, but our favorite one is the one on the living room. We have plenty of plants and some books too! This is the place Less and I call home and we love it when others feel a special connection with it.
The guests would have private access to a room with a bathroom and a balcony, and would share the common spaces like the living room, the studio and a fully equipped kitchen. Wifi available. The guest could use the building's swimming pool and the 24/7 concierge service. We are available to provide help, tips, as we know the area quite well and can assist the guests in making the best of their trip.
Общение с гостями
We would be available at all times to assist the guests with any need they might have. We know the area quite well and like to share tips with the travelers passing through the territory.
There are many treasures around Santa Marta and we can help the visitors connect with local people and local activities and off-the-beaten-path places. We can provide information on tourist destinations, how to get to places, and cool spots to dine and drink in the city. Every experience is custom made, as we try to accommodate to the particular needs of each guest.
We have a multilingual (English, French, Spanish) team in place to cater any need or solve any problem :)
We can arrange for transport from the airport, or Barranquilla or Cartagena, or other places in the region.
Другие важные подробности
Bear in mind that there is no AC in the flat. There are fans in every room, though. And the space can be cooled off if one opens the windows or the door to the balcony.
Since the flat is in front of the beach, the sand can become an issue unless one adheres to certain protocols like leaving the door to the balcony shut during the night or while one is away from the apartment. We try to keep the place as clean as possible, but it's good to bear in mind that it is not feasible to maintain it spotless at all times. We will not do the cleaning in the room or bathroom on a daily basis, in fact we usually do it once the guests have checked out. Keeping the room and bathroom clean during their stay is the guests' responsibility, although we'd be happy to help when it's required.
The people of Santa Marta are known as ‘Samarios’. To help you make the most of your time here in the city, we thought we’d share with you the 10 things you should know if you want to experience this city like a local ‘Samario’:
1.The mountain range is magic
The world’s highest coastal mountain range, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, encapsulates most, if not all, of what makes the Magdalena region so special. It is the garden of the region’s original inhabitants – the indigenous population. With altitudes of over 5,000 metres, its peaks are the only places in the whole of the Caribbean where you’ll find perpetual snow.
2.Water is becoming scarce
The glaciers are melting, though, and the rivers are drying up as they reach the sea. Some of them don't even make it that far. The sight of the dry riverbeds of our once healthy Manzanares, Gaira and Bonda rivers is an image that will haunt you, as will the vastly diminished flow of las Piedras and Quebrada Valencia. So, we ask that you please help us to conserve precious resources while you visit. Please remember to turn off lights and fans when you have finished using them and when you leave the building, and try to be mindful of water use while you enjoy your stay here! Every drop is precious. Many homes in the areas surrounding Santa Marta have to go without – it really is a growing issue.
Perhaps you have some tips on how we can further reduce our carbon footprint – we’d be very grateful for any suggestions!
3.We are the Little Brothers
The Kogi Nation refers to the man of the planes, down in Santa Marta and in the other coastal cities and beyond, as the Little Brother. The indigenous people are the guardians of this land's great riches and call themselves the Big Brother. The mountain is their only sanctuary left in the world, although it couldn't be considered untouched. The Kogi, the Arhuaco and the Wiwa are descendants of the people that first followed the trails of the Danta and populated these mountains. That legacy includes an incredible knowledge of the area. We are the little brothers.
4.Bolívar died here
Whether you’re a history buff or not, this matters. Two centuries after his death, his name reverberates throughout the continent of South America. Santa Marta has a fitting memorial for ‘El Libertador’ in La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, an old hacienda where Bolivar spent his final days lying down under magnificent trees hundreds years of old.
5.This is Macondo
Gabriel García Márquez was born very close to here. He spent his childhood in Aracataca, some 70 km southeast of Santa Marta. This is banana country, La Zona Bananera, with plants as far as the eye can see. You could say that the spirit that gave life to magical realism lives on everywhere around Santa Marta. It is evident with each step, if you look close enough.
6.That beautiful sound you hear is called Champeta.
Music will be playing during your stay in Santa Marta, and throughout the Colombian Caribe. At times, there will be several different beats playing simultaneously. Quite often, what you’re hearing will be Champeta – wait until you see us dance to it! It even reached a point where a local politician has proposed a ban on Champeta, claiming it's immoral!
7.The most common tree in these lands was the 'palo de Brasil'
Now it's all but gone, except for a few small pockets of native forest that remain untouched. In fact, the Bosque Tropical Seco (tropical dry forest) is the most endangered ecosystem in Colombia. Pocho, our friend, can show you how this place looked before the dawn of men, back when mighty Danta’s reigned over La Sierra. It’s calle the Bonito Gordo Trail.
8.Mind the trash
Trash is obviously an issue in Santa Marta. No matter how many men and women are employed to pick it up at various times of the day, it always seems to find its way onto city streets, and in turn, with the strength of the wind, into the sea. Please do your best on a personal level not to add to this free flowing garbage. If possible, try to put trash into bins inside a building, as the wind sometimes gets hold of things that you may have properly disposed of in bins on the street.
Werner Hezog says it best in this video (URL HIDDEN)
9.No dar papaya (the literal translation is ‘don’t give papaya’ but Colombian people use this phrase to warn you not to put yourself in a situation where you can be taken advantage of – by failing to be streetwise or alert to risks)
Always be mindful of your surroundings. Colombia is wonderful, but you cannot let your guard down – especially at night. We strongly recommend guests use cabs to ride home at night, just to be on the safe side, just as you should do in most places in Colombia.
10.No Dar papaya
No, really, it's THAT important. This is a Colombian commandment, and for good reason. If you don’t take it to heart after reading this, unfortunately there’s a risk that you’ll learn it the hard way through personal experience. Don’t give anyone a reason to try to take advantage of you.
Behave respectfully. No partying or disturbance of any kind. We enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the building and pride ourselves on being good neighbors.