Palomino, Colombia, is a small town located approximately seventy kilometres from Santa Marta and is easily reachable by public bus or collectivo from Santa Marta. Buses are by far the best option for getting to Palomino; they are not that comfortable, but they are by far the cheapest option.
Palomino is one of northern Colombia's famed beach locations, and the beach does have its charms (its jungle-esque, palm-tree-lined shores are one of them. The strong undercurrents and rips make it nearly impossible to swim at Palomino Beach. If you're going to attempt it, make sure you swim between the red flags and that there are other people around. That said, the real reason to come to Palomino is not the beach at all, it's the Sierra Nevada Mountain range that runs just behind the town.
The mountains offer outdoor loving adventurers myriad hiking options, waterfalls to see, and other nearby tiny towns to explore, including the incredibly beautiful Minca. All this makes Palomino the perfect base to explore Colombia's Caribbean coast -- and what's more, frequent and inexpensive buses make it easy to do.
In recent years, Palomino has been hit by an ever-expanding influx of tourists. For now, it's mostly Colombian tourism, but as word gets out about this magical, tranquil part of Colombia international tourism increases. What this means is that the town is packed full of Palomino, Colombia hostels, guesthouses, and local eateries. Palomino is perhaps the most well-established town in this part of Colombia, with the exception of Santa Marta and Minca.
Hostels in Palomino, Colombia, tend to range from basic accommodation where travelers can sleep in hammocks or tents, to more comfortable fairs offering everything a backpacker could possibly want, including guests kitchens and onsite bars. It is worth mentioning that Wi-Fi in Palomino is very limited, and as a result many Palomino, Colombia hostels do not actually have Wi-Fi. For this reason, you will often see Wi-Fi-starved travelers flocking to one of the few hostels in Palomino, Colombia, that offer Wi-Fi to get their fix.
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