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“Adjust your expectations”
Review of Playa Grande

Playa Grande
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$36.25*
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Santa Marta Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #7 of 19 things to do in Taganga
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This beach was not what we expected. Not a nice beach and people constantly asking you to buy things.

Also- BE CAREFUL. Take the boat there if you're going to go. We asked a couple of locals and they gave us walking directions for a 10 min walk. On the way back on the beach trail in broad daylight where we also saw other tourists walking just moments earlier, we were robbed by 3 men at gun and knife point. The police of course were of no help.

Thank Nmc118
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

other beaches that have no other Access but to arrive by boat, most of them isolated beaches with pristine calm waters, is kind of scarry to be left alone in a beach where there is nothing besides you and of course the boat that takes you there has no mobile to dial when you want to leave the place, so just need to be well aware to tell the boat driver to pick you up at a certain time of the day and rely on his memory to get back for you, which it happens with some delay in my case, but I was glad to see the boat coming =)

Thank jose y
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

it is not a clean beach, lot of people and bad food there are better beaches like Palomino exactly at Maria´s beach

Thank MariaGiraldo
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Playa grande was a bit disappointing after all we had heard about it. The walk over the rocks was great with a stunning view of taganga and the beaches in between, but it is a little hot on the way back. The actual beach is lined with restaurants and all the shade is lined with their beach chairs so be prepared to buy something or spend the day in the sun. The beach in taganga was much nicer to swim an and relax at.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We had high expectations when we set off for Taganga and Playa Grande for a day trip from Santa Marta. The views on the drive are spectacular the closer you get to Taganga but it goes down hill fast as you enter town. The streets are narrow and very crowded. After circling the town we found a secure, gated parking lot and walked down to the beach. We found a boat and headed for Playa Grande. As soon as we rounded the point we could barely see the beach through all the people. It was literally standing room only at the water line. The beach is very narrow and backed by rows of small restaurants. Granted we visited during a busy holiday week but this was the most crowded beach we encountered. It was very difficult to find a spot to sit near the water. The beach and water were dirty with trash. I watched a family of three drop there trash into the water without giving it a second thought. This surprised me since I am sure, like us, they paid to get to the beach. Overall I was very disappointed in Playa Grande and Taganga. I would have much rather spent the day hanging out at Rodadero Beach in Santa Marta.

Thank DaytonaMike
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