To the east of Nicaragua lie three paradisiacal Colombian islands that make up the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. If you dream of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, add any of these islands to your Colombian itinerary.

San Andrés can be reached from Bogotá or Cartagena in 1.5 and 2.5 hours by plane respectively for prices generally under 90€. This island is the gateway to this archipelago. Touristically very frequented, this destination has developed a lot of infrastructures to welcome more and more people and has, unfortunately, a little distorted the site.

Fortunately, you can take a boat or another short flight to Providencia. This island is still well protected from mass tourism and keeps all its magic, authenticity, and beauty.

Some people think that San Andrés and Providencia are similar. However, the dynamics and atmosphere are really different.

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Where to travel in the Caribbean Islands

We traveled through Providencia for 11 days. Find our best tips for exploring each of the destinations below.

Top things to do On The Caribbean Islands

Here is a compilation of the best things to do On Isla Providencia and San Andres in Colombia:

  • Boat trip to Johnny Cay Isle
  • Take a sunbath on San Luis Beach
  • Eat Fresh Sea Food
  • Snorkeling in Haynes Cay
  • Rent a Scooter to explore the islands
  • Dive with stingrays and turtles in Providencia
  • Kayak to Crab Cay, the sea of 7 colors
  • Hike to El Pico in Providencia

Events On The Islands Providencia and San Andres

List of the main events on Providencia and San Andres in Colombia:

  • End of April: Black Crab migration | Providencia
  • 18/06 to 25/06:  Festival de la Reina | Providencia
  • 20/07: Independence day | Providencia
  • October: Green Moon Festival in San Andres

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