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Camping Tayrona
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Defintely stay at least one night in Tayrona but it might be worth looking beyond San Juan. We stayed there on the first night and while the beach is beautiful, the campsite leaves a bit to be desired. You have to be there by two o'clock, at least to line up (for about 40 minutes in our case) for a hammock. We ended up with a tent, which we actually preferred as we felt like our stuff was more secure and I believe the hammocks can get cold and wind blown at night. The toilets/showers etc are also pretty bad and there's not many of them. The food at the restaurant is ok - average about 20 pesos a meal - but the view is amazing!! We spent our second night at Finca Don Pedro which is near Arrecifes and about half way between the park entrance and San Juan. The camping ground itself is a 15 minute walk from a swimming beach BUT the staff is so much friendlier, the tents newer and they have sheets on the mattresses (small things!) the restaurant is cheaper and yummier, the toilet and shower facilities are much better and it's less crowded. Both have their pros and cons!!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Yes it is rustic, far and has very basic facilities, but every sacrifice it's worthwhile the effort. the water is pristine, the mountains are impressive, the landscape is out of this world and the weather it's just awesome. don't forget to bring all basic necessities including toilet paper!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We stayed in the mirador hammocks- up on a rock in the sea. Much nicer than staying in the hammocks down by the generator. The beach is gorgeous and so is the swimming. I would recommend visiting the little beaches around the corner as well. Only negative was the bathrooms- but it is a campsite after all. A fantastic place to go.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

Cabo San Juan is an incredible place. You walk around 2-3 hours on the shore from the park entrance to get there, along the way passing some of the most stunning beaches that you will ever see, each secluded cove more beautiful than the one before it.

The group of wanders and travelers, most from Europe and Latin America there is fantastic. There's a lot of camaraderie amongst the backpacker set that really comes out at night. The food is basic and fairly cheap pasta and salads, but when you're hungry after a day of swimming and hiking it tastes like a Michelin 3 star restaurant.

The hammocks are surprisingly confortable. If you call ahead you might be able to get one up on the rock. We stayed down below, which was fine. The campsite bathrooms are shared and dirty, but that hardly seems to matter.

Durring the day the main attraction is the crystal blue waters and gorgeous shores. There's not much to do at Cabo San Juan except swim and relax, and I hope there never will be.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

i went last december to Colombia with my boyfriend- i was 26 at the time, he was 32.
We have been on very exclusive vacations before, but also roughed it camping around the world.
I must admit, Can San Juan is one of the most AMAZING BEACHES i have ever been to- ive been to thailand, aruba, greece, all have been great, but honestly, the beach in Cabo San Juan was amazing.
i will add photos to demonstrate exactly what i mean by amazing.
Dont bother with Arrecifes- its tempting bc its closer and the rentals are very nice, but its crazy expensive and SO not worth it- you cant swim in the water there bc there is a very strong current so you are left with nothing to do but wander around the hot hot jungle- Cabo San Juan is about one hour hike more, a bit rougher around the edges but so much better! AND CHEAPER!
Cabo San Juan has crystal clear water, decent snorkeling around the rocks, big waves to play and jump in, great rocks for jumping off of....The thing you must understand is that it is not an easy walk to do- the trail takes ~2 hours and it is strenuous bc you are in a Colombian jungle. We carried our packs all the way, 50 lbs each and made it so its do-able but bring lots of water for the road and rest often.
When we walked onto the site, it looked kinda scummy. there are lots of hippie-ish ppl in tents and hammocks all over, but honestly, after seeing the beach, it didnt matter at all. we wanted hammocks in the upper dome "cabin" that overlooks the ocean but they were all occupied so we settled for hammocks on the campground, for 7 US dollars a night.
the atmosphere is just great out there- you wake up, eat breakfast with a large group of ppl at plastic picnic tables, then drink beer and hang out all day long- we would go for long walks, play in the water for hours at a time, play "bags" with coconuts, it was a relaxing and unorthodox vacation but both my boyfriend and myself who are spolied travelers, had a wonderful time here.
if you can, book ahead of time and get a hammock in the cabin thingy on top of the big rock. great views and no need for mosquito nets bc the breeze from the ocean keeps them away.
the owner Carlos is great, all the ppl that work there are really fun and nice and overall, its a wonderful place if you really want to get away from it all.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

As we arrived to Tayrona National Park, we headed for Camping Tayrona in Castilletes, about 25 minutes walk into the Park from the entrance. It is probably the highest recommended place in the Lonely Planet book, "for nature lovers", with "25 campsites and excellent Quechua tents" ran by "a Dutch-Colombian couple heavily involved in the conservation and environmental protection of the park". It also talks about the "environmentally-driven workshops" and "astronomy". When we got there, we were completely alone. Not a single tourist was there. Looks like the Dutch-Colombian couple is gone, and so are the workshops, astronomy, restaurant, and the most important - a friendly service is gone as well. Within an hour or so we understood why there were no other tourists there, but we had no choice but to stay there overnight anyway. The bottom line - we don't recommend it. It is a much better, and much cheaper option to keep moving until you reach either Arecife or Cabo and to stay there, not in Camping Tayrona.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Camping Tayrona
Address: Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
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Ranked #39 of 164 Specialty Lodging in Santa Marta
Number of rooms: 15
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