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Taganga

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Stay safe
Taganga is a great and idyllic fishing village. Many tourist, local and international, visit this beautiful place every year. It has great charm and the surrounding attractions are plenty.
Although Taganga is a popular place to go, it has also it's share of problems. Mainly with the infrastructure and public services, but also with theft and robbery. Be careful when you walk alone at night or in remote areas. Enjoy your visit.
Welcome to Taganga. You will love it!
== Transport to Cartagena ==
DIVAEXPE office is representing BerlinasTur in Taganga and selling shuttle tickets from Taganga to Barranquilla and Cartagena at COP $42.000 pesos (update Sep sep. 2012). Location: Casa Divanga, Calle 11 No. 3 - 5. Tel: (5) 421 95 03.
You can also book MARSOL Marsol (private bus transport) to Barranquilla and Cartagena. Price app. COP $45.000 pesos. Buy your ticket at Magic Tour near the beach (calle 14).
==Get in==
==Do==
=== Bring (enough) money! ===
There is only one ATM in Taganga and most of the times it is broken. Make sure you bring enough money for your stay since the next ATM is in Santa Marta!
=== Activities===
* The main beach is shared with the harbor of Taganga. It's small and simple but good for swimming. It is very crowded with Colombian tourists on weekends.
==Buy==
Get homemade seasonal sweets and delicious frozen fruit treats at Kelly seasonally. And check out the hand made handmade Wayu and Kogi shoulder bags. Excellent crafts and very Colombian!
==Eat==
*<eat name="Babaganoush Restaurant/Bar" alt="" address="above dive center tayrona" directions="Cra. 1 No. 18 - 22" phone="318-868 14 76" url="" hours="17.00-23.30" price="" lat="" long="">A new restaurant opened by the previous (Dutch) chef from Casa de Felipe. Beautiful place with nice sea view, lounge area and terrace. International cuisine: pumpkin soup, beef carpacio, vitello tonato, curries, tikka masala, pastas, fresh fish fillet, Filet Mignon with red wine or blue cheese sauce and homemade desserts. Sunset Happy Hour 17.00-21.30.</eat>
* '''Taganga Xtreme''', Nice place on the beach front. Have (beach) clothes as well. Great coffeebut bad service.
* '''Che Luis''', Usually very crowded with locals and Israelis. Mostly an Israeli place and very loud as well. A lot of food for little money, but not the best quality though.
* '''El Reef''', Cra. 1 No. 15 - 09. Near the beach. Great panini sandwiches and good salads. The speciality: good waffles with ice cream and nutella.
* '''Bitácora''', Nice place on the beach front. Looks always crowed, crowded. Try the "Pescado Marinero" for an excellent dish (comes with a colorful side salad and self made fries. Maracuja juice (con leche) is also recommended. This may be a seasonal advice (true for September): beware of small (and not eatable) but mainly because nevertheless painful fruit falling from trees above if you have to wait more than 1 hour to get your ordera seat not covered by the roof. * '''PachaMama''', Nice tapas restaurant near the church. The quality of French chef. * '''Baguettes de Maria''', Maria is a nice lady who makes great baguettes. Located near the soccer field. * '''Pomodoro''', Small local restaurant near the soccer field. They offer pizza and local food is reasonable. * '''Cactus''', A kiosk on the beachfront. Very local.
==Drink==
* <sleep name="Divanga" alt="" address="Calle 12 No. 4" directions="" phone="(0057-5) 421 90 92" url="http://www.divanga.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Backpackers bed and breakfast. Includes a beautiful swimming pool that creates a great social area. The staff is friendly. Comfortable and clean rooms with shower/toilet at only COP $34.000 per person, in dorm COP $29.000 pesos including internet and a generous breakfast. The view from the roof is fantastic, especially at sunset and a roof top bar plays excellent music. There is also a comfy TV room with cable TV and DVD player, an internet room with free high speed internet and Wi-Fi access and a restaurant inside serving excellent food. Free luggage storage. Discount for Hostelling International (HI) members. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Casa Holanda" alt="" address="Calle 14 No. 1B - 75" email="[email protected]" directions="Near the beach" phone="(0057-5) 421 93 90" url="http://www.hotelcasaholanda.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" fax="">Nice hotel run by a Dutch owner, just near the beach (30 mts.) and opposite of the church. Clean and safe and with professional staff. 12 private rooms with private bathroom, TV (LED) with cable, two windows and ceiling fan. Some rooms come with air-conditioning (AC). Breakfast included and always running water! Rooms are cleaned daily. Free fast Wi-Fi (broadband), free luggage storage and free personal lockers (safety boxes). Also laundry service, book exchange and private taxi service. All credit cards accepted without extra fee. Probably the best hotel in Taganga.</sleep>
* <sleep name="La Casa de Felipe" alt="" address="Carrera 5A No. 19 - 13" directions="behind the football field" phone="(0057-5) 421 91 01" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.lacasadefelipe.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Prices between COP $15.000 and COP $45.000. Breakfast COP $6.000.Discount for Hostelling International (HI) members.">Popular hostel. Several apartments some with kitchen, dormitory and hammocks if everything else is full. There is a communal kitchen, internet facilities, free wifi, laundry service, nice terraces and a friendly staff. Always crowded by backpackers. Located 15 minutes by walk from the beach. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Casa Divanga" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm : from COP $19.000, Double w/bathroom: COP 60.000"> [http://www.divanga.com/co/4%20pageCasa%20DivangaTaganga_1.html Casa Divanga]Divanga's little sister at one block down. You get access to divanga's pool. Shady patio with hammocks and communal kitchen. Includes a tourism information point with Taganga's map and full information about Tayrona park. Free WiFi and two decent computers for free use. French run. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Casa Blanca" alt="" address="" directions="" url="" phone="(5) 421 92 32 / 300-805 49 68" faxurl="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" fax="">Opened in 1998 by Colombian/Swiss team Carlos Botache and Bernard Gusten, Casa Blanca has become a favorite amongst beach-loving travelers and provides an excellent base for those taking dive courses in town or those wanting to make the most of their time by the sea. Prices are COP $18.000 p.p. with a COP $2.000 single supplement. Double rooms are COP $40.000. it is a run down dump it may have been nice 10 years ago but it has gone backwards with new owner Heavy drug influence on beach in front, so be careful at night.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Oso Perezoso" alt="" address="Calle 17 No. 2 - 36" directions="" phone="(0057-5) 421 80 41" url="http://www.hotelosoperezoso.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Hotel Oso Perezoso is a three-story structure, perfectly designed to catch the cool breezes of Taganga and enjoy a chill atmosphere amid a 360 degree view. The first floor has three rooms and a store, free bag storage, and a book exchange. The second floor has four bright guest rooms with views of the ocean that open onto a breezy open-air corridor. The third floor is a gorgeous rooftop Tsunami bar and cafe with Wi-Fi internet (COP $5.000 extra), a 800GB jukebox, plenty of room for hammock chillin' and a sassy parrot. From here you can watch the sun rise over the mountains, watch the sun melt into the Caribbean, sip on a cold beer, and order something from the full-service restaurant. Restaurant and bar are open to the public. Room prices range from COP $15.000 a night per person (hammocks), to COP $20.000 a night per person (first floor), to COP $28.000 per person per night (on the second floor). All rooms have private baths, excluding hammocks. Big breakfast is included with each room rate. </sleep>
*<sleep name="La Tortuga Hostel" '''www.tortugahostel.com alt''' ="" address="Calle 9 No. 3 - 116" directions="" phone="(0057-5) 421 90 48 / 320-258 96 77" url="http://www.tortugahostel.com" email="[email protected].com" checkin="" checkout="11.30AM" price="From COP $22.000" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" check-out="11.30AM">Clean and comfortable en-suite dorms and privates, a roof bar, garden swimming pool, tour info, private diving instructor, lost city Lost City treks, jenga tournaments, super friendly staff, 24 hour reception, free storage, internet accesaccess, free Wi-Fi, book exchange and laudry laundry service. This hostel is located pretty far up and in an "not-so-nice" area. Be careful when you are returning after dusk or at night. When exiting the hostal, do not walk the street straight to the beach, but make a left asap and avoid that street.</sleep> www.tortugahostel.com
* <sleep name="Moramar Backpackers International" alt="" address="" directions="In front of the football field" phone="(0057-5) 421 92 02" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.hostfreehere.com/moramar" checkin="" checkout="" price="COP $15.000 pesos for a single room to COP $8.000 for a hammock, ">New. Good atmosphere, great service, nice views of the sea and the Sierra Nevada.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Techos Azules" alt="" address="Sector Dunkarinka Cabaña 1 - 100" directions="" phone="(0057-5) 421 91 41, Cel. 316-648 07 31" url="http://www.techosazules.com" email="[email protected], [email protected]" checkin="" checkout="" price="Around COP $20.000 per person, discounts can be contracted if you are in a group or staying for a longer period." lat="" long="" fax="">Nicely placed at the entrance of the town, it has hammocks, private rooms with bathroom, "cabañas" (two rooms, sitting room with kitchen, shower with toilet). Beautiful views of Taganga and the bay.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bayview Hostal" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Located next to hostel Moramar, in front of the football field. Very friendly Colombian staff. Private rooms and fan/AC dorms available, all quite clean. Prices as of December 2012 (high season) Fan dorm 20,000 COP, AC dorm 28,000 COP. Plus if you buy one night you get the next free. Large communal kitchen, small lockers for valuables, Free Wifi, and computers you can use for a small fee. Nice pool in the back. They organize many after parties in the pool..</sleep>
* Another option is to ask around for an apartment or room to rent. There are gringo shacks and rooms for rent all over town. But be carefull; most of those places to stay do not have running water and you never know who has another key. Taganga has a long history of people's belongings disappearing as everyone in town often have keys and people lose stuff the day they are scheduled to leave. There is always the option of find a person who's renting a room in their house, or seeing who's out of town and turned their home into a temporary guest house. If you do this, be sure you trust where you are staying, and bring your own locks as a precaution. Also, Taganga has no water due to political issues, so there are times where water can be an issue. Most of those renting places are ilegal. They do not have permision to rent out those rooms.
Taganga has recently become notorious for mugging and robbery, so regular precautions should be taken.
There are quite a few 7 small beaches outside of Taganga (15 minutes walk), which are connected by walking paths covered by vegetation. These paths are used by local robbers, especially on late hours when there are not many people walking to and from. Do not walk there by yourself. Wait for a small group. If you carry valuables with you and don't feel adventurous, it's better to take a boat (3 minutes; COP $3.000).
If you consume illegal/recreational drugs be careful of getting shaken down/searched/harassed by the local police. If they find anything on you be prepared to be taken into custody and threatened with jail unless you pay an on-the-spot fine (in cash, of course). Anyone traveling with you is also subject to harassment and could be made to contribute to your "fine" as well. So, better not using drugs in public.
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