Maybe it was that i didn't expect a white pristine paradise beach that made me like this place. I arrived to many places on other travels and have learned that its not often that you get to a beach and it is completely free from rubbish. Unfortunately its part of the modern world, don't get me wrong, I do not agree with it. But Taganga beach wasn't as dirty as some reviews made it out to be.
So what did i do all those days in Taganga?
I started all mornings with a long excellent breakfast in the hostel, cooked by the owner. The breakfast was served around one big table so felt a bit like family style depending on who was awake. After breakfast i was a good girl and studied some Spanish. After the Spanish I would normally hit the beach for a couple of hours. This would of course be around 2 AM when its as hot as it gets. Everyday i told myself to go to the beach later or earlier in the day to avoid the heat. Some days i did mix it up and also hit the gym before the beach. Yes Im still working out, being in a bikini or less clothing motivates! After all this activity, i would normally head to the hostel, shower, read up on the news and then take a nap.
After nap time I normally just chatted with other people at the hostel and then went out for a bite to eat. Came back to hostel and continued to chat, watched a movie or we went out for a couple of drinks and people watching.
This is basically what most days looked like in Taganga, not very eventful but so laid back and it's amazing how quick time goes when you don't do much.
One thing about personal space, it doesn't really exist here. The two ladies in the picture above decided that it was a good idea to plonk themselves down literally 20 cm away from me on the beach. Take a look on the picture again and just see how much space that is available on the beach!!!!
Taganga itself is not very eventful, at least not when i was there. Ok fair enough, I did miss out on a night out where the people i went out with came back at 430 AM but i was a good girl again and went home around midnight. So yes there is a nightlife but the days and afternoons are more about lazy around not doing much. The village has a good mix of restaurants, some street food, some cheep great coffee from the coffee carts and of course a ton of fresh juice stands. There is no Supermarkets here though, only what i would call mini markets and its hard to get ahold of good fruit. Most people come here to go to Tayrona Park or take their dive certificates. Diving in Taganga is cheap compared to other places in this part of the world.
Sundays are a different story compared to the rest of the week, Sundays turns a bit crazy. Colombians from neighbouring towns/villages come here for the day. The beach is packed and already a lot of beer is had from around ten in the morning. Great opportunity to practice Spanish! They do take their Sundays serious and makes the most of it. Picture below to the left shows the beach on a Sunday afternoon.
I never felt unsafe when in Taganga but of course things do happen here like they do everywhere in the world and yes I didn't really have any late late night but i believe as long as you are clever then Taganga is not worse then other places in Colombia.
How to get to Taganga???
From Santa Marta, hop on a local bus that says Taganga, pay the driver COP 1400 (COP 1500 on a Sunday)
Where I stayed???
I stayed at Hostel Villa Mary all the nights and loved it. The owner Davide is so friendly and helpful, the breakfast is good, its not directly on the beach but just a short 5 minute slow walk, its clean and has good common areas.
Where to eat???
A Deriva was super super good. Tiny menu with only a small choice of dishes. Went here three of the nights and i had the curry prawns twice. Food was served with home made french bread as well which in itself was delicious. Excellent Mojitos. The place only have 5 tables and seats 16 people!
Pachamama is also good, kind of tapas menu but also bigger dishes. Good cocktails and nice atmosphere.
Babaganoush has an amazing view of the sunset so this is a place you want to get to before 6 PM. Tasty food, I ordered the steak and it was cooked to perfection. They have a three course meal for COP 33 000/ EUR 9.50/ USD 10.50, well worth it. I only had a main though and that was enough for me:)
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