Luxury holidays in Palomino

Hanging loose on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Palomino sets breezy beach-town charm against a backdrop of sacred Kogi land and unique biodiversity. It may share a surfer dude’s carefree disposition, but river tubing past monkey-populated jungle is the leisurely watersport of choice here. Prefer to keep your water at a blowout-saving distance? Palomino’s beach boasts prime palm-fringed spots for sipping a limonada de coco – but drag your gaze from the waves and you’ll spy snow-capped peaks towering behind you. Ramble through rainforest and stroll white-sand stretches in nearby Tayrona National Natural Park, then head back to town to toast to your trek in a beachy bamboo-clad bar.

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When to go

Because it’s blessed with year-round sun and a minimal rainy season, there’s not a bad time to visit Palomino. It’s worth bearing in mind that December to March is considered high season, and is also when Colombians pack their bags for the coast.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The nearest airport is Santa Marta’s Simón Bolívar International. From there, it’s under two hours by car – hotels should be able to arrange transfers.
  • Automobiles

    You won’t need a car to get around town, and tours are available to take you to day-trip locations. The Caribbean coast is one of the safest parts of Colombia, but it’s still probably wise to skip the car rental – and definitely dodge driving at night.