El Rodadero is ten minutes by bus or about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Santa Marta.
The upmarket area is popular with local and international tourists. You can walk on the sand or swim in the warm water. There’s also the aquarium and museum right next to the sea. You’ll find everything here from places to camp to luxury hotels and vibrant nightlife. The place is full of restaurants so you can sample all that the Caribbean coast has to offer.
You might find yourself wrapped up in the rhythms of vallenato, cumbia and salsa, or just watching the beautiful sunsets.