If you follow us on Instagram you might’ve noticed that I kind of fell in love with Palomino (map). I spammed our Instagram feed with pictures of the magical sunsets and the relaxing beach days this place offers you every single day. And not without reason.
So picture this. Waking up with the sound of the ocean, getting breakfast on the beach with palm trees providing you some shade, lounging the day away. Or catching some waves and eating fresh fish with your feet in the sand and a sky on fire. Who wouldn’t fall in love?!

Dreamers hostel swimming pool palomino

High-end hostels in Palomino

Palomino equals sleeping in dreamy hostels. Which you actually can’t really call hostels anymore. For 10 bucks a night they really know how to give you value for money. With the Dreamers hostel, Tiki Hut hostel, and Finca Escondida as your best options, it’s practically a matter of good, better, best! Swimming pool lounging, the empty beach just a hop, skip and jump away, and happy hour cocktails, oh well… can’t I just move here?

Must do: River Tubing

Besides doing nothing all day (which I’m perfectly fine with), Palomino got a river… and tubes. 1 plus 1 is two, right? Find a group of people, buy a bottle of rum (it takes a while flowing down), let the locals drive you up the river, and you’re good to go. With the beautiful scenic view of the jungle and the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, I’ll assure you, it’s one of the best things to do.

river tubing on the palomino river

Foodie Heaven

The funny thing about Palomino is that the village is tiny. There’s literally one main road and a few side roads that will lead you to the beach, but there are so many places where you can eat heavenly! Don’t know how those ratios normally work, but in Palomino, it’s almost hard to choose. When visiting this place there are a few spots you don’t want to miss out on.

La Sirena restaurant beach view Palomino
breakfast at la Sirena in Palomino Colombia

Our favorite restaurants

Getting breakfast at La Sirena is definitely a must (their french toast and pancakes are to die for), just like eating fresh red snapper with coconut rice at Finca Escondida is and this pizza place which I don’t think even has a name. It’s just a shack with lots of little lights, big picnic tables, and amazing pizza. The best directions I can give you is to walk down the dusty road of the Tiki Hut Hostel and the Dreamers hostel from the beach to the main road, and after 5 minutes it’s just there on your right hand. As I said, Palomino knows the way to my heart.

The charm of Palomino

I kept coming back to Palomino (about 6 times), told everyone I met about this place, and even took my parents here. It’s one of those places which you wanna tell everyone about, but meanwhile want to keep secret to let it be as charming and authentic as it is. Palomino is like a dream and I hope you get to enjoy it one day as much as I did. 

Adios Amigos, Marthe

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sunset on the beach of palomino Colombia

Photos by: M. Barends, L. Folkeringa, L. Endstra ©

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