Palomino used to be a peaceful little seaside spot with a few hostels. Nowadays, it’s a very busy Colombian destination that has lost some of its magic.
The place is perfect if you want to meet other travelers and stay in nice hostels or hotels, but for the rest, it’s not really the ideal place.
In fact, apart from a bit of tubing, there is not much to do in Palomino. The beach is not really heavenly; you can’t swim far because the sea is often rough because of strong currents. It is crowded, and you won’t find the village atmosphere. There is a possibility to party a little on the weekends, but not during the week.
If you are looking for a small fishing village typical of this part of the Colombian Caribbean coast, I strongly recommend you add Dibulla to your Colombian itinerary. It is a hidden paradise, little known to tourists, that we visited during one of our last expeditions on the Caribbean coast. A real crush for the atmosphere that reigns there.
Articles about Palomino you must read before coming:
Getting to Palomino?
There is only one road to get to Palomino. It’s the same road as Tayrona or Riohacha.
From Cartagena to Palomino:
- Door to door shuttle | Marsol | 6 – 7 hours
From Santa Marta to Palomino:
- Take the bus at the Mercado Publico “Public Market” Calle 11 Carrera 11″. The last bus leaves around 6 pm. | 1h30-2h
From Tayrona to Palomino:
- Wait for a bus on the side of the road | 1 hour
From Riohacha to Palomino:
- Many buses leave from the terminal | 1h30