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El Rodadero

The road from Santa Marta undulates southward through dry hills forested with small-leafed trees and cardoon cactus. From the crest you see the high-rise condos and hotels of the port’s richer half-sister, El Rodadero. This is where Colombian families come to spend the holidays, enjoying the warm sea and clean beaches. Along the coast, Colombian musicians and actors have their vacation homes. On the island at the mouth of the bay is Pelican Island, the privately owned retreat of the family of an ex-governor of Magdalena Department (no visits allowed).

El Rodadero was just a sparsely populated beach until the 1950s when the first eatery opened. Hotel Tamacá was the first hotel built, in 1959. Since then El Rodadero has grown into the large, moneyed resort it is today. Everything in this resort town is geared to tourism, from a water sport theme park to aquariums where you can feed the fish and swim with the dolphins. Travelers on excursions with more exclusive tour groups will stay in this part of town. However, that doesn’t mean there are not places for journeyers with more modest budgets.

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Acuario y Museo del Mar del Rodadero

122258The small boat takes you across the deep blue-green bay to Ensenada Inca Inca, 10 minutes away. There on the cove’s shores is Latin America’s first aquarium, founded in 1966. Its 15 tanks and six ...
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Museums of El Rodadero

El Rodadero has a few museums of its own, focused of course on the natural and human history of the Caribbean Sea.• Acuario y Museo del Mar del Rodadero—The first aquarium in South America with a ...
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Aquatic Sports in El Rodadero

Where there is a sea resort, of course there will be plenty of water sports. Scuba diving quickly comes to mind in these parts, and many dive shops are eager to help you plan your excursion. Other ...
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El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia
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