Santa Marta is a port city in Colombia and the capital of Magdalena department with population around 455,000. Colombia's other Caribbean cruise port is Cartagena, located approx 170 km (107 ml) to the east-southeast.
The city is located on Santa Marta Bay (Caribbean Sea), approx 992 km (616 ml) from Bogota (country's capital and largest city). Santa Marta was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia (founded in 1525). It is also country's oldest surviving city and 2nd oldest in South America.
City's economy is based on shipping trade, port activities, tourism, agriculture, commercial fishing. Main agricultural products are bananas, cocoa, coffee, cassava.
The city is served by its seaport and Simon Bolivar International Airport (approx 16 km / 10 ml) from downtown. As downtown is close to the coast, the city has difficulties to expand. Rodadero (separate locality) is often considered as neighbourhood.