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About Tolu

Santiago de Tolu or La Villa Tres Veces Coronada de Santiago de Tolu is a colombian municipality located on the caribbean coast, in the center of the Gulf of Morrosquillo, in the department of Sucre. It’s considered one of the oldest urban centers in Colombia. In 1535 was founded the municipality of Santiago de Tolu by the conqueror Alonso de Heredia and the captain Pedro de Velasco and Martinez de Revilla. During the colony it became an important outlet point for agricultural products (sugar cane). In the XVII century was its time of splendor because it had constant communication with Cartagena and other towns. Currently, its economy is based on fishing and tourism. Tolu is very attractive for tourists because it has beautiful beaches where you can practice aquatic sports.

Travel tips for Tolu

If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.As Tolu is in the Caribbean and its climate is very hot, it’s important that you carry sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or cap.

Tolu weather

Best time to visit Tolu

The best time to visit Tolu is July 25th because they celebrate their traditional festivities. The inhabitants organize religious celebrations and cultural events where they share with tourists.

Climate in Tolu

The weather in Tolu is Tropical. The precipitation is higher in summer than in winter. The annual average temperature is 81.68°F (27.6° C) and the average precipitation is 1129 mm. The warmest month is April, its average temperature is 83.3°F (28.5° C), and the coldest month is December, its average temperature is 80.24°F (26.8° C).

Things to do in Tolu

Nightlife in Tolu

Territorio Disco Bar

Location: La playa Avenue, between 15th and 16th streets, 57 Tolu
Hours: From 7:00pm to 3:00am
Price: unknown
Disco located in front of the beach, in Tolu’s downtown. It offers a friendly atmosphere with music of different styles, and they sell cocktails. It also has air conditioning. You can celebrate your birthday there.

Where to eat in Tolu

Mar y Parrilla

Location: 16th Street #1-49, Santiago de Tolu
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Restaurant located in the commercial street that leads to the beach. It offers typical Tolu’s dishes with very good seasoning, such as the fried sierra with coconut rice. Also, it offers cheap dishes with seafood.

The tourist places to see in Tolu are

Playa del Francés

Location: 20 minutes from Tolu’s downtown
Hours: All day
Price: Free entrance
Beautiful caribbean beach perfect for enjoying with family and friends. It has several hotels and restaurants.

The things to do in Tolu

Casa de la Cultura

Location: 5th road, Old Tolu
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Museum dedicated to the diffusion of Tolu’s culture. They organize several musical and artistic shows.

Typical dishes in Tolu

Rice with Fried Coconut

Coconut Water mixed with grated coconut, which is then caramelized and used to prepare the rice. The result is a bittersweet rice portion used to accompany other dishes.

Mote de Queso

Soup made of ñame, prepared with a stew and with cheese.


Round slices of fried bananas, served as an appetizer.

Pargo a la plancha

Tolu’s typical dish, it’s elaborated with a fish from the area (pargo) and with celery, garlic, thyme, onion and olive oil.

How to reach Tolu

Tolu by train

There is no passenger train service currently operating in Tolu.

Tolu by flight

The Golfo de Morrosquillo airport is the closest to the municipality of Tolu, it’s located 8 minutes (2.3 km) from it. Also, tourists can reach Tolu by the airports of Coveñas (property of the National Army), Monteria and Corozal.

Tolu by bus

The municipality of Tolu has routes that communicate it with Coveñas, San Onofre, Medellín, Sincelejo and Cartagena. The distance from Medellin to Tolu is 315.035 miles (507 km), and the approximate journey time is 11 hours 25 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 85893 COP. The distance from Bogota to Tolu is 642.4978 miles (1034 km), and the approximate journey time is 19 hours 23 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 174223 COP. The distance from Cartagena to Tolu is 103.148 miles (166 km), and the approximate journey time is 3 hours 17 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 28735 COP.

Accomodations in Tolu

    Casa Hotel Las Antillas

    Location: 2nd road 18 55 Downtown, 707050 Tolu
    Price: From 45 000 COP
    Hotel located 31.0686 miles (50 meters) from the beach. It offers colorful decorated rooms with air conditioning, TV and private bathroom. Also, it offers free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and it has a terrace and a bar. They give touristic information.

    Hotel Pizzeria Opera Tolu

    Location: 23rd Street # 1-38, 706010 Tolu
    Price: From 40 000 COP
    Hotel located 11.1847 miles (18 km) from Coveñas. It offers rooms with a terrace or balcony, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Also, it has an italian restaurant and free private parking.

Important dates in Tolu

Fiestas Patronales de ToluJuly 25thTraditional holidays in which religious celebrations and cultural events are organized. Inhabitants and tourists gather in processions to share the religious fervor.

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