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.
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.
Hotel Mar Azul
Location: Avenida 1 Malecon Carrera 1 Calle 18, 706010 Tolu Price: From 51 350 COP Hotel located 1 minute from the beach and 33 km from Sincelejo. It offers rooms with TV and free Wi-Fi. Also, it has a restaurant. Pets are welcome.
Location: Carrera 11 # 4A-12, 707050 Tolu Price: From 83 700 COP Hotel located 3 km from Tolu’s downtown and a 5-minute walk from the beach. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, TV and private bathroom (with shower). Also, it has a terrace, offers laundry service and free parking.
Hotel Costa Linda
Location: Km 7 Vía al Francés, Playas de Guacamaya, 706010 Tolu Price: From 150 000 COP Hotel located 160 km from Rafael Nuñez International Airport and 40 km from the archipelago of San Bernardo. It offers air-conditioned rooms with private terrace, mini bar, desk, TV, free WiFi and bathroom. Also, it has a pool, room service and free breakfast.
Location: Carrera 3 N. 21-29, 706010 Tolu Price: From 160 000 COP Hotel located 60 minutes by car from Sincelejo. It offers rooms with flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar, private bathroom (with shower), safe, fan and free WiFi. Also, it offers hydromassages and it has an outdoor pool.
Important dates in Tolu
Fiestas Patronales de Tolu
Traditional holidays in which religious celebrations and cultural events are organized. Inhabitants and tourists gather in processions to share the religious fervor.