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Best area to stay in/near Santa Marta??

Nova Scotia, Canada
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Best area to stay in/near Santa Marta??
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Arriving in colombia early september and will be travelling from Cartegena and wondering the best areas to stay in!

-Will be there for 3 days and safety is priority, as it will just be me and my clearly tourists girlfriend lol

-Beaches, food and preferably in walking distance would be nice.

-Chill Carribean style bars for nightlife would be more preferred than discos/clubs

Been hearing that Rodadero would be a good option but not set on it!

Any recommendation and tips would be appreciated

Thanks!

Colombia
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Rodadero is the place IMO. Much nicer beach, lots of bars and discos / restaurants. There is a Jamaican bar there as an e.g., as well as Escolleras which is a huge thatched hut / open air disco on a little island. Lots of others around.

Taganga is a horrible little place, although may be what you are after to hang out with backpackers and Carribean bars.

Nova Scotia, Canada
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Okay thanks, sounds like Rodadero is the place to be. However, is there anywhere else that you would recommend spending a few nights after Cartegena instead of Santa Marta?

Colombia
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What are you looking for?

Minca - the mountain town behind Santa Marta is great. Waterfalls, rivers, views.

Park Tayrona. Amazing beaches.

La Guajira. 2 day trip min from Santa Marta to the desert / ocean of the Wayuu people. A long trip with many hours of driving, but amazing.

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Best area to stay is around the Tayrona Park.

Just go to the rodadero for shopping!!!!

I recomended Hotel Barlovento is the best

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