Parque de Los Novios

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Parque de Los Novios showing heritage elements, a city and street scenes

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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Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle 24 No 3-65, Santa Marta
The price is $61 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Magdalena River and 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Santa Marta Beach. Old San Juan de Dios Hospital Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (249 reviews)
"Centric and easy access"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 1C No. 24-04, Santa Marta
The price is $79 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Magdalena River and 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Santa Marta Beach. Marina Santa Marta and Old San Juan de ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (384 reviews)
"My room was on the 15th floor and it was a beautiful new room. I though I may have gotten lucky with a Reno but the staff told me no it’s the entire hotel is fairly new. It was listed as a three star when I booked however I feel easily a 4-1/2 star."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta
AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta
3.5 out of 5
CALLE 23 NO. 1C - 79, Santa Marta
The price is $79 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Historic Center, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Magdalena River and 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Santa Marta Beach. Marina Santa Marta and Old San ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (142 reviews)
"Excellent location. The staff is absolutely amazing"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Boutique Jardín Del Duque
Hotel Boutique Jardín Del Duque
3.5 out of 5
Calle 20 # 1 C 20, Santa Marta, Magdalena
The price is $37 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Hotel Boutique Jardín Del Duque
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 1C No. 24-04, Santa Marta
The price is $79 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle 24 No 3-65, Santa Marta
The price is $61 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta
AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta
3.5 out of 5
CALLE 23 NO. 1C - 79, Santa Marta
The price is $79 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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Grand Marina Santa Marta
Grand Marina Santa Marta
3 out of 5
carrera 1 22- 79, Santa Marta
The price is $115 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Grand Marina Santa Marta
Hotel Catedral Plaza
Hotel Catedral Plaza
3 out of 5
Calle 16 N 5-17, Santa Marta
The price is $65 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa
Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa
3.5 out of 5
Calle 19 No. 2 A 09, Santa Marta, Magdalena
The price is $92 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Placita Vieja Hotel Boutique Spa
Hotel Boutique Don Pepe
Hotel Boutique Don Pepe
4 out of 5
Calle 16 No 1c - 92, Barrio Centro, Santa Marta, Magdalena
The price is $194 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Hotel Boutique Don Pepe
Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina
Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina
4 out of 5
Calle 12 # 3-40, Centro Histórico, Santa Marta, Magdalena
The price is $69 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina
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