Santa Marta Beach Guide
The City Beaches
The beaches in the centre of the city are pretty dirty and horrid,they improve the further you get away from the city. Taganga the beach is not great but you can take a boat to the next bay or take a walk to Playa Grande.
This is the most popular beach in Santa Marta. This area is under redevelopment so its a bit of a mess at the moment. On this beach you will be bombarded with many sellers but just smile and say Gracias and they will soon get to know you and not bother you too. much.
Playa Blanca and Inca Inca
Playa Blanca is one of the nicest beaches close to Santa Marta. You can take a boat (lancha) there. There are a few restaurants there and carpas for rent so you can stay out of the sun. The water is often crystal clear and the snorkelling is ok. Inca Inca is another beach between El Rodadero and Playa Blanca which you can get to buy boat. You can also get here by hiking, moto, or cycling there is a great view from the top of the hill over looking the bay.
This section is South of Rodadero it is pretty quiet in the week. The sea is not so clear here as it is near to Rio Gaira so there is often abit of debris floating around. Not a good place to swim at certain times of the year during the wet season.