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On the Caribbean coast, near the town of Santa Marta, where the sea meets jungle, is one gorgeous stretch of coastline. There, in Tayrona National Park, you can find one beautiful beach after another and is a place that anyone traveling to Colombia should make an effort to visit.
It took me three years to finally make it here, but I am thankful did. I had almost gone once before, but visiting the park takes a little planning and effort, and at the time, it just didn’t work out. However, the extra effort and planning that it does take, for me, was part to the appeal and lends to how pristine and tranquil it is.
To get into the park, you can take a bus from Santa Marta to the park entrance, where you need to pay an entrance fee. Three friends and I arrived by taxi, which was able to drive us all the way to the beginning of the trail. It was then a 45 minutes hike to Arrefices, the first beach, which was where my friends and I had reserved hammocks and lockers.
It’s possible to avoid the hike by taking a horse in or by taking a boat from Taganga, but it really isn’t that difficult of a hike. While we had chose to rent hammocks, those more adventurous than us, can bring their own tents or rent one from one of the campsites in the park.
Once in the park, there is nothing to do but play in the water, lounge in the sand, and try not to get to hit on the head by any falling coconuts. Or, do what I did and just gaze at the spectacular scenery and wish you never had to leave.
Arrecifes is considered to dangerous to swim in, but it’s only a 15 minute walk up the coast to La Piscnia, and a little further to Cabo San Juan.
As if Cabo San Juan isn't beautiful enough, a few minutes still is another beautiful stretch of beach that is absolutely breathtaking and unfortunately I was too busy taking it in to take any photos.
After two days of getting a little too sunburned (which made my hike out somewhat painful, to say the least), I left Parque Tayrona glad to have been able to experience it, and not without adding it to my list of best beaches that I have ever been to.