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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 £58
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta

Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta

Carrera 1C No. 24-04, Santa Marta, Magdalena
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Santa Marta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marina Santa Marta and Santa Marta Beach. Old San Juan de Dios Hospital Museum and Bahia de Santa Marta are also within 5 minutes.

    AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta £56
    AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta

    AC Hotel by Marriott Santa Marta

    CALLE 23 NO. 1C - 79, Santa Marta
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marina Santa Marta and Santa Marta Beach. Old San Juan de Dios Hospital Museum and Bahia de Santa Marta are also within 5 minutes.

      Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina £43
      Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

      Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

      Calle 12 # 3-40, Centro Histórico, Santa Marta, Magdalena
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel £56
        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel

        Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel

        Carrera 2da No. 19-20 El Centro, Santa Marta, Magdalena
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel £49
          Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel

          Best Western Plus Santa Marta Hotel

          Calle 24 No 3-65, Santa Marta
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old San Juan de Dios Hospital Museum and Santa Marta Beach. Parque de Los Novios and Marina Santa Marta are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia £73
            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia

            Hotel Boutique Casa Mia

            Calle 20 # 3-60, Santa Marta, magdalena
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parque de Los Novios and Santa Marta Beach. San Juan Cultural Center and Old San Juan de Dios Hospital Museum are also within 5 minutes.

              Hotel 1525 £28
              Hotel 1525

              Hotel 1525

              Calle 11 2-29, Santa Marta
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps away from Tairona Gold Museum, Customs House and Mayorship of Santa Marta. Simon Bolivar Park and Camellón Rodrigo de Bastidas Park are also within 5 minutes.

                La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique by Xarm Hotels £57
                La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique by Xarm Hotels

                La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique by Xarm Hotels

                Calle 18, 3-115, Santa Marta, Magdalena
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historic Center, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Marta Theater and Santa Marta Beach. Parque de Los Novios and San Juan Cultural Center are also within 5 minutes.