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With 3 weeks on Colombia’s Carribean coast we decided to task ourselves with finding the perfect beach on which to down tools and set up camp. After some research we picked the following contenders, which I have judged and marked accordingly:

PALOMINO (3rd place)

Looks: See pics – jokes… it’s like an old school version of a caribbean beach, e.g. old wooden fishing boats and no dick heads on jet skis to spoil the view.

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Swimming: Impossible – just standing took all our concentration as the currents and waves were so strong. Felt like you could be pulled to your death.

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Locals: The Kogi tribe were magical and mysterious flocks of nature loving beings. They all carry shoulder bags filled with secrets.

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Feel: A rough charm.

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Summary: Good for avoiding crowds but lacking any luxury or wow factor, except for the Kogis.

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TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK (2nd place)

Looks:  Like the set of Lost

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Swimming: Easy in the bays – apparently deadly anywhere else.

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Locals: None that we saw, other than a polar bear, and some hidden Kogis up a steep hill. Oh, and lots of lizards and crabs.

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Feel: Like discovering paradise, except for the 100 other campers who have also trekked for 2 hours through the forest to get there.

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Summary: An amazing place, well worth the trek for its stunning beauty and wildlife. N.B.: We caught a boat back, which almost capsized, but I would have died happy.

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PLAYA BLANCA (Winner!)

Looks: Like heaven.

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Swimming: Joyous – zero waves or current

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Locals: Feisty. No charm school graduates here.

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Feel: Almost like heaven, only the jet skis holding it back and it is critical that you schlep down to the quiet end of the beach – the busy bit is much closer to hell.

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Summary: This place comes close to greatness – have rarely felt so chilled out – but it is necessary to brave the crowded end of the beach for supplies or variety of food.

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