3 Best Hostels in Palomino – Crimson Sunsets in a Relaxed Ambience

Casa del Pavo Real in Palomino, Colombia - The Beautiful Designer Hostel at the Caribbean coast

Ever considered Colombia‘s ultimate backpacker beach town, Palomino? The sleepy city must be on your travel itinerary, especially if you plan on traveling around the north of the country.

Palomino is a place that has perfect nightlife, where you can also lounge and enjoy a cocktail on the beach while looking at the unrivaled vistas of snow-capped mountain ranges of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

This beach town had just a few huts and houses a couple of years ago. Now, the tourism industry is thriving across its beautiful golden shores.

With some of the most amazing bars and eateries on this stretch of the Caribbean coast, palm-fringed beaches, and yoga classes available just about anywhere, it is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best hostels in Palomino while taking a rest.

Our favorite hostels in Palomino are:

  1. Casa del Pavo Real - best for Female solo travelers
  2. Coco Sänkala Hostel - best for solo travelers
  3. Tiki Hut Hostel - best for Couples
  4. Extra: Casa Chapolin Boutique - best for Digital Nomads

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One of the most incredible things about Palomino is that it is incredibly budget-friendly, and you can save more if you opt to stay at friendly hostels in the area.

Since the popularity of this coastal village has skyrocketed in the last two years, several accommodation establishments have sprung up all over.

That being said, hostels are the best places to stay if you’re interested in meeting new people and sharing your life experiences.

We would like to help you choose the accommodation by providing information about some of the best hostels in Palomino.

If you’re planning on traveling throughout the rest of the coast, we have guides on the best hostels in Santa Marta and Cartagena de Indias that should also come in handy!

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
What do we cover in this article?
  • cheapest hostels in Palomino
  • best hostels in Palomino for solo traveler
  • discounts and promo codes
  • How to book?
  • All hostel and sights on a map
  • FAQ
  • Flights
  • You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

    Quick Introduction to Palomino

    Average price for a bed: Hostels in Palomino cost $5- $20 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average price of around $51 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

    Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

    Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

    Relaxing in Palomino: Palomino’s little beach bars are a great place to relax and simply unwind. The main street is full of small bamboo bars leading to the beach.

    Most bars run happy hours for most of the night, and you can enjoy cocktails at any one of them.

    Popular activity in Palomino: Go tubing on the Palomino river. It’s an outdoor activity where you can enjoy floating calmly down a jungle river in large, inflated tubes. 

    Magic in Palomino: This city is known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views. Make sure to catch at least a few of them while you are there.

    Head to the beach early in the morning or late in the evening to watch the spectacular views.

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    The 3 Best Hostels in Palomino are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Palomino.

    1. Casa del Pavo Real – best for Female solo travelers
    2. Coco Sänkala Hostel – best for solo travelers
    3. Tiki Hut Hostel – best for Couples
    4. Extra: Casa Chapolin Boutique - best for Digital Nomads

    These are our favorite hostels in Palomino. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

    🦸 Solo Traveler:
  • Coco Sänkala Hostel
  • 🙎‍♀️ Female Solo Traveler: Casa del Pavo Real
    👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel:
  • Tiki Hut Hostel
  • 👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads:
  • Casa Chapolin Boutique
  • 🎒 for Backpacker:
  • Coco Sänkala Hostel
  • 1. Casa del Pavo Real

    Casa del Pavo Real is excellent for female solo travelers and is located 5 minutes from the Palomino beach entrance.

    It is considered one of the best hostels in Palomino that provides accommodation with 24/7 restaurant services, free private parking, free bike rentals, and an outdoor swimming pool.

    It is surrounded by coconut palms, mango trees, and a beach club offering delicious local food and drinks. In addition, the nearby beach has some amazing bars and restaurants, and the main road is easily reachable within 10-15 minutes walking distance.

    La Casa del Pavo Real offers five double rooms with private washrooms and an air-conditioned balcony with a garden view. The hostel also has three private bungalows featuring a public area with a view to the open kitchen where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

    It has a bar in front of the sea called Playa La Ola, which offers a quiet setting and fantastic food. The various facilities include a fully-equipped fitness center, a shared lounge, and a bar.

    In addition, the hostel provides tour guides that can take you on a hike across the Palomino river or to the Sierrita viewpoint.

    Moreover, the hostel provides support through a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, and a currency exchange office.

    The guests can also enjoy an “a la carte” or a vegetarian breakfast and indulge in several activities in and around Palomino.

    La Casa del Pavo Real looks like a villa from the old world with its hand-painted romantic balconies and tiling. The big swimming pool and the main design with romantic and modern elements invite you to linger around and relax.

    If you are looking for an affordable hostel in a quiet setting within close proximity to the beach, then La Casa del Pavo Real is the right choice for you.

    The best choice in Palomino for

    • Female solo travelers
    Book Casa del Pavo Real here

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    Casa del Pavo Real kitchen Casa del Pavo Real Pools

    2. Coco Sänkala Hostel

    Coco Sänkala Hostel is a true paradise for solo travelers- and it is highly affordable!

    While staying at this eco-friendly hostel, guests have access to Palomino Guajira and can easily reach the city center within 5 minutes. It also has a small garden with dozens of hammocks to rest in.

    This hostel consists of 16 rooms with separate attached washrooms. The private rooms have a double bed, mosquito nets, and an outdoor hammock.

    There are two types of dorms: the eight-bed dorm and the four-bed dorm, each one with a private bathroom, fans, and lockers. You can also find a shared kitchen area that is fully equipped.

    As one of the best hostels in Palomino, the architecture and design of the hostel are entirely made of bamboo, being eco-friendly and maintaining the harmony of nature. It also has a chill-out communal area with free Wi-Fi, a small library, and a garden with views of the snow-covered mountains of Sierra Nevada.

    The total capacity of the hostel is 20 people, which makes it ideal if you wish for a quiet and peaceful setting.

    Enchanted by the exuberant nature and the beach of Palomino, bordered by two beautiful rivers, this ecological accommodation is the best place to enjoy tranquility and peace.

    A great choice for

    • Solo travelers
    Book Coco Sänkala Hostel here

    Check prices at:
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    Coco Sankala Hostel Space Coco Sankala Hostel Garden Coco Sankala Hostel Dorms

    3. Tiki Hut Hostel

    Tiki Hut Hostel is a unique hostel that gives the perfect beach-resort feeling in a tranquil setting. With ample chill-out spaces and a central pool, the Tiki Hut hostel is a great place to relax in Palomino.

    It offers a set of cabins built with natural fibers such as boba cane and guagua – grown to preserve the environment. This allows travelers to stay connected with nature while enjoying all the comforts of feeling at home.

    Tiki Hut hostel is within 5 minutes of walking distance from the Palomino beach and 15 minutes from the town. It has a very convenient location and is surrounded by a cluster of other hostels and restaurants.

    All the rooms have bunk beds that are comfortable and clean and come with mosquito nets, which are necessary for this area. In addition, the private rooms have ensuite bathrooms for maximum comfort and privacy.

    One of the essential highlights of the Tiki Hut hostel is the main common area, where the guests can relax and socialize. It has a decent-sized swimming pool and a jacuzzi, surrounded by a deck of chairs.

    This is an excellent spot for relaxing and cooling off from Palomino’s hot and humid weather. A float tour is also available along the Palomino river that lasts for up to 3 hours!

    The hostel’s bar area has a pool table and a lot of hammocks for guests to use. The vibe of the hostel is welcoming and friendly. Keep in mind that the hostel is more of a place to chill and relax than to party.

    If you are longing for a unique place that is a mix of hostel and beachside resort, then Tiki Hut hostel is the hostel to look for.

    This is one of the best hostels in Palomino for

    • Couples
    Book Tiki Hut Hostel here

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    Tiki Hut Hostel Tiki Hut Hostel Couples

    4. Casa Chapolin Boutique

    Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the snowy peaks, and rivers, Casa Chapolin Boutique  is one of the best hostels in Palomino.

    It is designed to spend a few days in comfort in the tranquility of nature. The hostel is just a 1 minute’s walking distance from the beach and is located on the quiet side of Palomino, surrounded by palm trees and vegetation.

    Casa Chapolin is run by a surfer family who loves cooking and prepares fresh bread daily for breakfast. The food is prepared with local and fresh products, and you can enjoy activities close to nature.

    It’s a great hostel where you can relax on hammocks and do sports in the garden gym equipped with everything you need to work out. Here you can enjoy different massages – relaxing, sports, ayurvedic, lymphatic drainage, and osteopathic.

    At your request, you can also get manicure and pedicure services.

    This hostel organizes wellness retreat programs for an entire group, where you can spend a few days doing yoga and relaxation.

    It offers private and shared accommodation, from dorms to woodhouse private rooms and luxury suites. It has a restaurant, fitness center, shared lounge, and garden.

    This is one of the best hostels in Palomino for

    • Digital Nomads (But keep in mind that wifi in Palomino, in general, is not the best in Colombia)
    Book Casa Chapolin Boutique here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Casa Chapolin Boutique Space Casa Chapolin Boutique Outdoors Casa Chapolin Boutique Dorms

    Best Hostels in Palomino for Solo Travelers?

    Casa del Pavo Real is the best hostel for solo travelers in Palomino. This is because it has a great location to explore the town, next to the beach, where you’ll probably spend most of your day. 

    We also love that they have a 24/7 reception and food options, which will come in handy if you’re traveling alone and need help with scheduling your trip (or if you’re hungry at odd hours of the night). 

    This hostel will also provide you with a great base to meet other fellow travelers.

    Book Casa del Pavo Real here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Casa del Pavo Real Outside Casa del Pavo Real Pool

    What about the cheapest hostels in Palomino?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Palomino.

    1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Palomino
    2. add your dates
    3. Order the listings by price

    Simple as that.

    Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

    Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

    Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Palomino best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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    Our Favorite Hostels in Palomino put on a map + sights

    As there are many accommodation options in this beautiful village, you must carefully consider your choices and choose the one that best fits your requirements.

    Here, we’ve included a map to show you their relative location to nearby attractions in Palomino. We hope our list of the best hostels in Palomino will be helpful, and you’ll have a superb and memorable stay.

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    Flights to Palomino?

    Palomino has no airport, and you will need to take a car or bus there. The nearest airport is that of Santa Marta, Simón Bolívar International Airport.

    We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

    Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

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    Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

    What are the best hostels in Palomino, Colombia?

    The best hostels in Palomino are:

    What is the best hostel for solo travelers in Palomino?

    The best hostel for solo travelers in Palomino is:

  • Coco Sänkala Hostel
  • Are hostels in Palomino safe?

    Not all hostels in Palomino are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel without the proper license to run and safety measures.

    So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Palomino You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

    If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

    What is the best hostel for couples in Palomino?

    The best hostel for couples in Palomino is:

  • Tiki Hut Hostel
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