Following our 3 day bus journey from Venezuela, we finally arrived at our first destination in Colombia just before 6 in the evening. We took a taxi from the bus drop off point just outside of Santa Marta and headed to the Dreamer Hostel hoping they would have a room for us for a couple of nights.
Upon arrival we discovered that the newly opened hostel would be able to accomodate us but only by offering us a suite option which was their last room. At 90,000 pesos per night we thought it was a bit steep until we saw the room, which resembled more a boutique hotel than a hostel. They also had a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, kitchen and hammocks. We thought about it for a couple of minutes and then booked ourselves in, after all we felt we deserved a treat!
We spent a couple of nights at the hostel and in that time basically recharged our batteries. The location of the hostel was great as it was a 5 minute walk from a commercial centre which had everything we needed from ATMs to supermarkets.
On the last day we decided we take a day trip organised by the hostel to Bahia Concha, a beach on the fringes of the Tayrona National Park.
The beach was nice but nothing spectacular and when we arrived it was also fairly deserted, however by 11am the locals arrived and it got quite busy, which we found strange as it was a week day. The water was calm and safe to swim in but surprisingly cold for the Caribbean sea. However, the sand had a lovely gold like quality, it seemed almost like there were flakes of gold in the sand which made the coastline seem to glitter.
The beach facilities included a restaurant offering fresh fish, so much so that they would bring you the fish on a platter to choose the ont you wanted. There was also a drinks service on the beach and a couple of vendors selling sweet treats. We took our own food and drinks but bought a top up for our water and some very nice coconut treats!
All-in-all it was a nice day out on the beach and a chance to top up our tans one last time before moving inland.