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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
Welcome to Taganga. You will love it!
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There is only one ATM in Taganga and most of the
* 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.
* A 15 minute walk north of town lies '''Playa Grande''', definitely better than Taganga's beach but maybe even more crowded. It is also possible to take a boat to get there (from COP $3.000 per person) or one of the more remote beaches in Tayrona Park like Bahia Concha, Chengue and Playa Neguanje (from COP $40.000 per person for a return trip). Real unspoiled paradise. Ask the fishermen.
* A longer walk goes to '''Bonito Gordo''' and from there to '''Bahia Concha'''. Reserve a full day for this and ask around to decide if you need to contract a local guide. You can spend the night at Bahia Concha, but you may need to take your own hammock.
Taganga turned in to a popular [[scuba diving]] spot. Diving spots are usually near the small island "Aguja", a part of [[Tayrona National Park]]. The underwater of Taganga has a big diversity of marine life. There are a dozen diving schools in town, but be careful where you do your courses. There are many reports of travelers doing their courses, paying and never receiving any certificate. '''Be careful for your safety''': some diving centers have pretty old equipment, never follow safety rules such as safety-stop and even skip important skills/exams during the course or have dive masters teaching courses, check if you will be with a real instructor. For more information check PADI alerts [http://www.padi.com/padi/en/footerlinks/advisoriesdcs.aspx].
Available dive centers:
* <do name="Tayrona Dive Center" alt="" address="Carrera 2 No. 18A - 22" directions="" phone=" (0057-5) 421 53 49" url="http://tayronadivecenter.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Tayrona is the oldest dive center in Taganga. This is where Colombian anti-narcotics policemen take their courses. They also know great sites for diving in the areas of the Tayrona national park. The instructors are very experienced and staff is very nice. They also offer accommodation in very clean rooms with sea view. The founder and owner, known as “muñeco” is one of the best PADI instructors in Colombia. They take great underwater pictures for no extra charge. They also have very good equipment. Courses can be taken in English, Spanish or German.</do>
* <do name="Aquantis Diving" alt="" address="Calle 18 No. 1 - 39" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.aquantisdivecenter.com/" hours="" price="COP $ 580.000 for OW course,
* <do name="Centro de Buceo Poseidon" alt="Poseidon Dive Center" address="Calle 18 No. 1 - 69" directions="First street when you get to Taganga, turn left, big red door with the diving flag." phone="(0057-5) 421 92 24 [email protected]" url="http://www.poseidondivecenter.com/" hours="Every Day: 7:30am - 7:00pm" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">German-owned diving center. Price for OW+Advanced COP $1.300.000 (COP $ 670.000 for OW). One of the most professional diving centres, headed by a well known PADI course Director. Has a swimming pool inside and well-maintained equipments, also are very strict about safety local regulations. This is the place where instructors from Colombia, come to take their course, as they are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Dive Resort. Even some divers from the Colombian Navy come to take courses here. Without any doubt has the best boats in town, 2 well maintained very comfortable Catamaran boats. And there for the only ones that could take you to the furthest dive sites on the Park. They also let you dive until your tank reaches reserve, no time policy (as some others in town do). Courses could be taken in different languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and some others. Could be pricey compared to other dive centers in town, but the price is still way below average worldwide, totally worth it if what you're looking for is safety, comfort and a good experience. You also have the option of getting accommodations on their facilities.</do>
*'''Fundación UNILOT''' is '''Divanga's''' foundation in tourism research (Unilot means "Unidad de Investigación-Acción Local en Turismo"). B.A. graduates travellers can participate in sustainable tourism research, the foundation is linked with the local public University Universidad del Magdalena. You can ask for free accomodation and food against research work, may be on the field, surveys or secondary research directed by Master degree graduates. Write to: [email protected] Tel: (0057-5) 421 92 17.
*<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 coffee.
* '''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 crowded
* '''PachaMama''', Nice tapas restaurant near the church. French chef.
* <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="" phone="(5) 421 92 32 / 300-805 49 68" url="" 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. is a run down dump 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="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>
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* 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
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.