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Taganga... sleepy little hippy village

COLOMBIA | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Views [3033]

I´d heard great things about Taganga so my expectations were high, I was also meeting up with friends from home on holiday so it was always going to be good.

When I arrived, it took me a while to find my friends, but it did give me a chance to wander around this sleepy little village in the meantime.  There is a main strip along the beachfront with a few other streets off it.  If you walked up the hill, to the top of the village there is a football pitch and if you carry on going up you´d get to where we were staying.

Its fairly easy to bump into people in Taganga, due to its size and that there is only about 10 restaurants there....I think we tried nearly all of them including eating at our hostel which produced some amazing food (the owner was french and the chef Polish).

We had 2 rooms between 5 of us, one with a balcony and a fridge, great for storing drinks including the much needed water and ice, both with en-suite.  The weather was a constant 30 degree heat, sometimes hotter, it rained a bit one night, but when I say rained I mean it spat a bit.

The days were mainly spent waking up late, about 10.30, partly due to the fans not being amazing in the room, partly because of the late nights! Heading for breakfast...eggs, coffee, juice were the order of the day before heading to the beach to chill out (its a tough life). I´m still waiting for good coffee in Colombia though, I thought I´d be living off it, surprisingly its hard to find!  I will let you when I finally find some good coffee....maybe when I hit the coffee region?

Reading books on the beach and snoozing before sunset and early evening drinks.

Heading out for dinner and more drinks later on was the order of most days. I think I ate and drank more in Taganga than I have before in Colombia!! I think this is classed as an actual holiday rather than travelling...remember I was with people on holidays!!

The restaurant highlights were...

...the hostel, the Polish chef whipped up a storm - fish wrapped in bacon, thai curries, etc.  I also hear the brownie and the fillet mignon was amazing!!

...Pachamama....fabulous tapas and good main courses...also does amazing cocktails made from fresh ingredients...2 for 1 as in most of Taganga in the evenings.  They also had a live band one night who were great! Lots of classic rock covers, played acoustically.

...the restaurant which I dont remember the name of but which had a crazy menu...check out some of the translations:

The nightlife was hit and miss.  A hit for most was Sensations however our group were unimpressed, bad music and very busy!!  We prefered Mirador which had a great view overlooking Taganga, better music and space to dance!  Its a shame we didn´t find it until the last night though!

One day we took a boat trip to Playa Grande, this was a much nicer beach, but as you can only get the boat back at 5pm we only did it once. However I´m told we could have walked back (it takes 20 mins)...sounds like far too much effort though!

We also celebrated James birthday on the Thursday, a very relaxed day and celebratory drinks.

So I´d love to tell you more about what we did, but that was about it. It was a change from the usual travelling and nice to be in a group of friends from home but it was back on the road again....and heading back to Cartegena and Playa Blanca, in need of beach.

Tags: beaches, cocktails, taganga

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