Magdalena, Colombia – Cayena Beach Villa

I almost don’t want to write this post, because we have found our gem and I don’t want it to change when I book it for next year.

But really, I couldn’t wait to write this post, because I want to relive the magic that we had in this beautiful little beach villa.  We set out for the drive – a little under 6 hours with a few pit stops.  Just as we started heading into Santa Marta, the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains pop from the sky.

As day turned to dusk, we kept on our journey, heading past Tayrona National Park.  We  finally took a left off the main highway, dark at this point, and looked at each other skeptically down the long and bumpy rural road…. until, we pulled up outside Cayena Beach Villa.  We couldn’t wait to check out the digs.  And yes, that is an open-air shower…. pretty much paradise.

We woke the next morning to really see the beauty of our surroundings.  Lush landscaping, towering palms, coffee brewed and breakfast waiting downstairs at the family style table. It truly felt as if we were staying with good friends, both comfortable and well cared for.

Is there anything better than an old dog sleeping by the table?


As if the grounds weren’t beautiful enough, the staff was even better.  They took the time to talk to my children and hear our story.  We met fellow travelers over meals that made for interesting conversation.  We practiced our Spanglish and had some good laughs.  It was food for the soul.

Speaking of food, with a restaurant on site, we were delighted by not having to leave the property.  All of our meals were delicious and fresh.  They happily catered to my kids whims for pancakes and french fries, but the 3 course dinners were truly a treat.  Local cuisine with gourmet flare.

When we weren’t eating, we swam, explored, put together Lego sets (see traveling with kids) and generally relaxed with no busy agenda.  Normally I travel like a tourist, I like to see all the things, but this trip really felt like staying true to the peaceful setting, keeping things simple and enjoying time with my family.

How I know it was a total success: Bed head, sandy toes, barefoot all day, fire sky sunsets, amazing desserts, good sleep, and talking about coming back again.

You don’t often find a place where it all comes together.  An enjoyable time for kids and adults with relaxation and comfort only normally achieved at home, but this place had all of that plus the bonus of seeing somewhere new and beautiful.   To the folks who made this possible, thank you, don’t change anything and we will see you next year.

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