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I have been living in Colombia since 2009.
I have traveled to quite a few countries and I love visiting new places. Always happy to see new things and swap stories with new people.
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Our stay at the cabana was wonderful. The property is stunning and secluded. We saw only a few people on the beach during our stay (from the surf camp). Walter, the groundskeeper, was very friendly and helpful - he got us anything we needed/wanted from town, even though we had a rental car.
Johan was very kind and helpful; he stopped by the property once to check on things and give some local tips. Our car got stuck in the sand the night we arrived, but everyone helped us get it out the next day.
Be sure to go to River Buritaca and Parque Tayrona - but skip the beaches there and do a good, long hike instead. The beaches are beautiful, but none really compare to the one in your front yard when you stay here.
One thing - we were somewhat surprised that there wasn't a refrigerator. When we saw Johan, he mentioned that they used to have one but they rust too quickly from the sea salt. Please be aware that there is only a cooler to store your food.
Johan, por medio de Walter, nos facilitó la maravillosa estancia muchísimo. Viajamos con una persona en silla de ruedas y nos organizó la movilidad por la zona. La cabaña y su emplazamiento son idílicos. Visitamos el Parque Natural de Tayrona pero hubiera preferido quedarme en la cabaña. Ésta tiene las comodidades básicas pero más que sufiencientes para una estancia de ensueño
Johan was very helpful and communicative, he personally showed me around Santa Marta, provided some insight into where to and not to go.
He helped in arranging an excellent tour guide as well as door to door transport and was a translator when required.
This is a great host you won’t be disappointed with.
The cabana that Johan provided was amazing. It is on a very remote part of the coast, adjacent to the Tayrona national park. Amenities are minimal in the house, but there is a great patio and a communal area with a huge fire grill and table. We collected drift wood every night and grilled shrimp, chicken, steaks, and veggies. It is an extraordinary and relaxing experience. The property is covered in coconut trees and has two great cabanas on the beach that provide shade. The water is warm and the ocean is great for swimming in the area. There is a surf camp 500 meters up the beach, but I didn't see anything that looked surfable. Johan was helpful in getting us setup and Walter, the grounds keeper lives on the same property and can help with anything else. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone, especially larger groups or families.
La casa de private beach era una auténtica maravilla, un placer disfrutar de una playa privada en las faldas del Tayrona. Alejados de todo y rodeados por una maravillosa naturaleza. La atención de Walter el encargado también fue de primera. Sin duda repetiré.
John jest bardzo dobrym, pomocnym gospodarzem! Otrzymałem wszystkie informacje jakie potrzebowałem. Mieszkanie położone niemal w centrum Santa Marta, 5 minut do morza, restauracji, barów.. Samo mieszkanie wygodne dla dwóch osób, trzech. Duży plus za pralkę :)
Johan was a great host and communication was very easy with airbnb or whatsapp. He always responded rapidly and gave us good advices, where to go (and how) and where not.
He also helped us a lot when we didn't get our luggage at the airport and to book our transfer to Cartagena.
There is aircondition in one of the two bedrooms and a good fan in every room, which is necessary due to the heat and humidity during the nights.
The apartment isn't too big, but it's good for staying some days. Wifi and TV works very well. After a short walk you can reach the beach and the other interesting parts of Santa Marta.
The beach there isn't big and was too crowded during our stay, because it was hollyday time in Colombia which means high season for Santa Marta.
Tayrona National Park is easily reachable by public transport for a one or (better) two days trip.
Thank's Johan for beeing a great host!
Johan is a very welcoming and friendly host. He was very accessible with whatever I needed. Still, it was an excellent stay, and he gave me some good advice about where to walk (and more importantly where not to walk) in the historic center. It's not a luxurious place -- fairly basic -- but you will give thanks for the air conditioning in the bedroom, believe you me.
I can recommend Johan and this apartment completely.
This apartment was a great option for our stay. Although the centro isn't the prettiest of locations (which I knew that) it is centrally located and secure with gated entrances. The balcony was nice to have, as well as fast wifi!
I had a great stay in Johan's downtown apartment. Fantastic location, safe building, and clean upon arrival. Sure there's no ac but you get used to sleeping with a fan.
Johan met me upon my arrival and provided all relevant information that I needed. I also had to leave a few days early and he was very accommodating.
Overall a great stay and I'd definitely considering it again should I stay in Santa Marta!
It was unfortunate that Johan could to come to stay with us as he was sent back from airport for lack of visa. I hope to host him when he decides to visit Mumbai next after getting his visa.
Johan was a great guest, he was very respectful, interesting and nice. I highly recommend him as a guest and also as a host!
*** Johan & Co. have been fantastic guests - punctual, easy to communicate with, respectful of the house rules. So positive and friendly what makes we were pleased to have them around. ***
*** They took great care of our apartment, left it clean, and are always welcome back here ***
Guests like you make our running the rental service a worthwhile effort. Unreservedly recommended ;-)
Johan was an excellent guest, he was very organized, and we did not have any problem.
Johan showed up exactly when he said he would, was very clean, generous, and an all around great guy. He was very respectful and I wish I would have spent more time to get to know him. Highly recommended guest!
Hi johan, unfortunately, the airbnb app continues to display the conversation on the original request you make, which in your case was the room with shared bathroom. So when you sent your reservation request, i tought i was reserving the room with shared bathroom. In fact, when i realised the misundertanding, i offered you to either you find an alternate accomodation with full refund, or else to refund the difference.
Johan is a very nice guy and we have nice time with him. Hope we can host him again.