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Parque de Los Novios

Meet friends and share a few drinks at this plaza in the center of Santa Marta, where you’ll find restaurants, bars and vendors selling snacks.

Parque de los Novios is a spacious plaza next to Santa Marta’s most historic monuments. It is a popular meeting point for couples. In fact, the name translates as the Park of Lovers. Travelers and locals gather in this plaza to watch the sun go down and enjoy a few drinks in the evening. It is a shining beacon of the city’s nightlife and has a relaxed and secure ambiance. Look for a statue surrounded by small fountains erupting from the plaza’s red-brick surface. Take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrianized park in the afternoon without worrying about traffic. 

The plaza is a hub of activity and entertainment. Let the kids play in the fountains around the statue. Prepare yourself for a random burst of salsa dancing or a fire performance by a street performer.

Try street food from the local vendors walking around the park. Use the zone to meet up with the rest of your family or friends before heading to one of the bars and restaurants surrounding it. Many of the restaurants’ outdoor seating areas spill into the park, which generates a communal atmosphere. 

Admire the white central bandstand. At night, it glows bright green. Listen to musicians playing songs from local genres, such as Vallenato. This is an upbeat accordion-themed genre with origins in the Caribbean and Africa. Haggle with merchants selling souvenirs, fabric and other items.

The park was built on a dried-up lake. It was originally known as Santander Park, in tribute to the military general and one-time president of Gran Colombia, Francisco José de Paula Santander.

The Parque de los Novios is located a few blocks inland from the beach in the center of Santa Marta. It is close to the Historic Center of the city. Look for many interesting attractions around the park, including churches, colonial buildings and the International Marina. Simón Bolívar Park is several blocks north of the area.


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Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta $71
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta

Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta

Carrera 1C No. 24-04, Santa Marta
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 70 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Santa Marta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marina Santa Marta and Santa Marta Beach. Parque de Los Novios and Simon Bolivar Park are also within 10 minutes.

    Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina $73
    Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

    Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

    Calle 12 # 3-40, Centro Histórico, Santa Marta
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 139 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Santa Marta hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Tairona Gold Museum, Santa Marta Cathedral, and Simon Bolivar Park. Parque de Los Novios and Marina Santa Marta are also within 15 minutes.

      Casa de Leda, a Kali Hotel $66
      Casa de Leda, a Kali Hotel

      Casa de Leda, a Kali Hotel

      Calle 18 #4-38, Santa Marta
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 142 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Historic Center, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Marta Cathedral and Parque de Los Novios. Customs House and Tairona Gold Museum are also within 10 minutes.

        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel $71
        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel

        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel

        Carrera 2da No. 19-20 El Centro, Santa Marta
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 130 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Historic Center, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parque de Los Novios, Marina Santa Marta, and Simon Bolivar Park. Customs House is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away.

          Hotel Boutique Don Pepe $104
          Hotel Boutique Don Pepe

          Hotel Boutique Don Pepe

          Calle 16 No 1c - 92, Santa Marta
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 42 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Historic Center, this spa hotel is steps from Tairona Gold Museum and Parque de Los Novios. Santa Marta Cathedral and Marina Santa Marta are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia $49
            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia

            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia

            Calle 20 # 3-60, Santa Marta
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 31 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parque de Los Novios, Santa Marta Cathedral, and Santa Marta Beach. Marina Santa Marta and Customs House are also within 10 minutes.

              Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa $97
              Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa

              Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa

              Calle 19 No. 2 A 09, Santa Marta
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 18 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Historic Center, this spa hotel is steps from Parque de Los Novios and San Juan Cultural Center. Santa Marta Beach and Santa Marta Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

                Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel $56
                Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel

                Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel

                Calle 24 No 3-65, Santa Marta
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 112 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parque de Los Novios, Marina Santa Marta, and Santa Marta Beach. Santa Marta Cathedral and Customs House are also within 15 minutes.