One Day in the Pearl of America: Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta, Colombia

Arrival: Embracing Santa Marta's Seaside Charm

As the morning sun paints the sky in warm hues, your cruise ship sails into Santa Marta's harbor, typically between 7 and 9 AM. As you disembark, take in the sight of the inviting palm-lined promenade, the shimmering sea, and the bustling city awaiting you.

In the Heart of Santa Marta: Delving into the City's Culture

Set off to explore Santa Marta, Colombia's oldest surviving city. Start with a visit to the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the hacienda where the Liberator, Simon Bolivar, spent his last days. Absorb the colonial charm of the Historic Center, where narrow streets open onto picturesque plazas.

Salty Breezes and Crystal Waters: The Allure of Santa Marta's Beaches

A trip to Santa Marta would be incomplete without a beach visit. The city offers numerous beautiful beaches for you to choose from. Playa Blanca is a local favorite and can be reached by boat or road. A little further afield is the stunning Tayrona National Natural Park with its pristine beaches and rainforest.

For the Adventurous at Heart: Thrilling Excursions in Santa Marta

Santa Marta's surrounding landscape makes for a playground of natural wonders. The standout is the "Lost City" trek in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains – a challenging multi-day hike to ancient ruins. If you're limited by time, a day trip to the beautiful Quebrada Valencia waterfalls is an excellent alternative.

A Gastronomic Journey: Sampling Santa Marta's Cuisine

As the day begins to wind down, indulge in Santa Marta's delightful food scene. Sink your teeth into a fresh fish 'ceviche' or try the coconut rice – a coastal specialty. Wash down the delicious food with a refreshing Lulada, a cocktail made from the exotic lulo fruit.

Leaving Santa Marta: Last-Minute Shopping and Fond Farewells

Before you bid goodbye to Santa Marta, make sure to shop for some local mementos. Pick up a traditional Colombian sombrero vueltiao or some delicious Colombian coffee.

By the late afternoon, around 5 PM, it's time to return to your ship, filled with new memories and experiences. As you wave goodbye to the Pearl of America, you embark for your next Caribbean adventure, richer with the experiences Santa Marta offered.

Santa Marta from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the Santa Marta would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the Santa Marta are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Date: March 7, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba, Curacao, Castries, Codrington, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Southern Caribbean 20-day route

20-day Southern Caribbean from Miami

Nautica, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba, Curacao, Castries, Gustavia, San Juan, Puerto Plata, Miami; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Panama Canal 20-day route

20-day Panama Canal from Miami

Sirena, Oceania Cruises

Date: February 16, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Panama Canal, Panama City, Panama Canal, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba, Curacao, Port Antonio, Grand Cayman, Miami; View Itinerary