Also, I heard, in case this is something that interests you that Santa Marta is a good place to get your scuba diving certificate as it is very cheap and convenient... just saying.
How we "used" Santa Marta
We stayed at Puerta Aqua by La Puerta Hostels.
The Hostel is well located close to the center and to the different activities you would like to do.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, we could leave our luggage even over a few days over there which was great.
- our 4 days hike to Ciudad Perdida which I will cover completely in a different post
- overnight stay in Tayrona National Park which I will also cover in a separate post
- Flight to Medellin