You could tell it was Friday afternoon because the beach was sooo busy. A lot of Colombians come here for the weekend. Tons of sun bathers and tons of people wanting to sell you massages, food, beer, necklaces, sun glasses, guided tours and pretty much anything else you can think of. Did notice a difference between the people here selling and the ones in South East Asia. The people here leave you alone if you say no with a smile one time, doesn't happen often in South East Asia on your first day on the beach. But after a couple of hours i had enough and went back to my place.
If I thought Friday afternoon was busy then i was wrong. Saturday was even worse and as i walked down one of the main streets next to the beach I had a very strong feeling of not wanting to come down here on my own in the evening. You get a lot of cat calls in Medellin daily if you a good looking girl like me, ha ha ha, but then its in a nice jokingly kind of way. Most men here on this Saturday afternoon would also do it in a playful way (the cat call that is) but there were also a good few who made me feel very uncomfortable and normally I'm not to goody-goody...
I had to move to another place on the Sunday since the first place was fully booked. Or at least i thought so because no availability online but they did have rooms so could have stayed but I'm happy i moved because this made me discover a much more tranquil beach. This beach was just about 5 minute and it was hardly any people there, only a few Colombian families and some teenagers jumping off the pier. Just perfect for a few lazy hours on the beach with a book. The beach here was super clean, no plastic or cigarette buts in the sand what so ever, I like:)
In El Rodadero I didn't do much more then eat, drink fresh fruit juice, read and visit the beach. So my stay Friday afternoon to a Wednesday noon was just a perfect amount of time. The streets around the main beach has a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars, all of various quality and price. It does get much more quiet on weekdays and i enjoyed my time here doing as little as possible.
Where to eat by El Rodadero beach???
Good question. I only tried one of the restaurants, this one was down at the main beach and it was utterly shit. Food wasn't tasty and it was very pricey. This was after my 17 hour bus ride were I didn't really eat anything for 24 hours (except for popcorn) so was to tired to even be bothered to note down the name of the place.
Did i starve myself when i was there? Of course not, I did have a lot of fruit, a couple of meals at the hostel and lots of street food. I believe that i told you in a previously post that I'm not a big fan of arepas, they are just dry and taste nothing... I take that back now!! I had such a good arepas here, freshly made and the dough is mixed with cheese. You can never go wrong with cheese. The street stalls serves them either just freshly grilled with big dollop of butter in between or some also have an option of pulled pork or pulled chicken as filling. At a price of COP 4000/ EUR 1.10/ USD 1.20 for the ones filled with meat its a bargain. But best of all is that they are undoubtedly tasty!!! Favourite place can be found at Calle 7 corner of Carrera 3.
Where did i stay?
Calle 11 hostel, Im still getting used to stay at hostels but this was a really great place and felt more like a hotel. Very clean and not to busy. All beds had privacy curtains which made it feel like you kind of were by yourself in a way. The room also had an ensuite bathroom so no need heading out in the corridor to go to the toilet or to have a shower, very civilised:)
Casa Del Ritmo, a very laid back hostel with a bit higher average age on the guests then what you normally associate with a hostel. So fitted well in. A good few Colombians was staying here during my stay so good opportunity to practice some Spanish. Stayed here for three nights and one of the nights i had my 4 bed dorm all to myself. Also here the bathroom was ensuite. The restaurant at this place only serves vegetarian food, simple but good.
How to get to El Rodadero
I took a bus from Medellin north bus terminal to Santa Marta. Its easy to get to the bus terminal in Medellin, just jump on to the Metro and get off at station Caribe. I bought my ticket the same day as i left so no need to prebook. I paid COP 132 000/ EUR 37.50/ USD 41 for my ticket, was told each seat had its own screen so could watch movies and there was also wifi on the bus. The nice lady didn't tell me that all movies was in Spanish though! The wifi worked so so, if you ever been on the Thallys train between Amsterdam and Paris then you can compare that wifi with the one that i had on the bus. For you who haven't been on this train, the wifi worked for an hour then it was crap. Anyhow i was on the night bus so tried to sleep as much as possible. Bus ride did take 17 hours though so defiantly not just over night. Seen some nice landscape out of the window. The last 2.5 hours they put me on to a much smaller bus as well. Seats on first bus was very comfy with plenty of legroom, small bus not so comfy:(
The bus dropped me off at Santa Marta bus station, i had the choice of taking a taxi or bus from here. Since I'm now on a budget i was a good girl and opted for the city bus COP 1400/ EUR 0.40/ USD 0.50. Being able to put Google maps offline is the best thing that ever happened, made it very easy to know when to get off!! If no Google maps then just ask the driver to let you off at the Arrecife Centro Comercial, everything is walking distance from here.
My days of doing not much here went by quickly but i really feel that kind of 5 days here is well enough:)
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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