Renowned for its diving and the quality of the seabed that surrounds it, Providencia is a paradise island lost in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. But honestly, Providencia is more than just that.
This island has all the characteristics to make your stay unforgettable:
No big hotel resorts are allowed
There is no mass tourism because the island is “difficult” to access and the tourist infrastructure is modest.
By renting a golf cart or a scooter you have the freedom to move anywhere on the island at any time.
There are beaches and sumptuous spots…
This island is all in relief and luxuriant vegetation covers its mountains.
The atmosphere on the island is unique and still very authentic.
It is located on the third-largest coral reef in the world.
You’re going to enjoy the delicious Caribbean specialties…
The island is divided into different neighborhoods that have different characteristics. Choose carefully the location of your stay:
Old town: this is the main town. There is no beach and it is a rather noisy area. It is also the cheapest neighborhood.
Freshwater: it’s a nice area with a nice beach and some shops and restaurants.
SouthWest bay: the trendy side of Providencia. Big and beautiful beach with bars and restaurants.
Manzanillo: it’s a beautiful white sand beach. There are not many accommodations nearby.
Bottom House: quiet residential district. The view is beautiful. However, there is no beach.
Maracaibo: Most of the high-end hotels are in this area. The view is beautiful, but there is no beach.
Santa Catalina: The island of Santa Catalina is almost stuck to Providencia. You can get there only by taking a damaged wooden pedestrian bridge which, despite its condition, offers a unique and beautiful passage. On this island, it is absolutely calm because vehicles are forbidden.
To get to Providencia, you must first land in San Andres, pay an entrance fee of 112,000 COP, and then take another short flight. Buy your tickets in advance, as seats are limited and flights are few and far between.
Important: there are no ATMs in Providencia. Withdraw everything you need before coming.
NOTE: DUE TO THE DAMAGE OF HURRICANE IOTA IN NOVEMBER 2020, IT IS COMPLICATED TO GET TO AND STAY IN PROVIDENCIA.
Getting to Providencia?
You must first arrive in San Andres. There are flights from Cali, Cartagena, Bogota & Medellin.
There are various little districts spread on Providencia and one road that encircles the island. Rent a scooter or a golf car to move around. You can also pay for a moto-taxi, but it's not very practical. There is no beach on the Eastside of Providencia. Because it's far from everything, most of the hotels don't offer good value for money. Fortunately, we found some cool places.
All tours in Providencia are pricey, except for diving. Most of the activities are water activities. You can fish, take a boat ride around the island, snorkeling, travel to a secluded atoll. A pleasant thing to do is to rent a scooter and move from places to places.
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