Providencia

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.

 

How to get to Providencia?   (+)

You must first arrive in San Andres. There are flights from Cali, Cartagena, Bogota & Medellin.

From San Andres to Providencia:

  • 2 – 3 flights per day. Book at least 1 week in advance with San German Express. | San German | 15 min
  • Boat trip with a Catamaran. The experience is quite unpleasant when the ocean is rough. | Conocemos Navegando | 3 hours

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Where to stay in Providencia

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.

  • El Encanto

    Freshwater Bay

    El Encanto

    The rooms are basic but clean. Helpful staff. 2 min on foot from the beach and restaurants.
    Get the best price
  • Miss Elma

    Freshwater Bay

    Miss Elma

    Private cabins with direct access to the beach. Delicious restaurant. Clean. Nice staff.
    Get the best price
  • Frenchy's

    Freshwater Bay

    Frenchy's

    Lovely and friendly owner who rents apartments. Great view. Great tips. Always clean.
    Get the best price
  • Miss Francia

    Santa Catalina

    Miss Francia

    Excellent value for money and warm-hearted owner. Delicious food. Great atmosphere.
    Get the best price
  • Sun. Paradise

    Santa Catalina

    Sun. Paradise

    Lovely and helpful owners. Excellent view and peaceful place. Rooms are spacious and clean.
    Get the best price
  • Maracaibo view

    Maracaibo

    Maracaibo view

    Modern and pleasant apartment. Stunning view. Great host. Excellent value for money.
    Get the best price
  • Deep Blue

    Maracaibo

    Deep Blue

    Luxury hotel and excellent customer services. Delicious food. Stunning views. Activities.
    Get the best price
  • M. del Viento

    Maracaibo

    M. del Viento

    Luxury house with top-notch personalized services. Mind-blowing spot. Delicious food.
    Get the best price
  • Airbnb

    Apartments

    Airbnb

    Staying at a local's place is an excellent way to enjoy your stay in Providencia. Do it. ;)
    Get the best price

Things to do in Providencia

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.

  • Lay back

    Beach-hopping

    Lay back

    Best beaches are in Manzanillo, Freshwater, and Southwest. Order a cocktail and enjoy.
    Learn more
  • El Pico

    Hike

    El Pico

    El Pico is the highest point on Providencia. 2h to get to the summit. Stunning views.
    We recommend
  • Santa Catalina

    Island

    Santa Catalina

    Santa Catalina is a lovely and peaceful neighborhood on the other side of the bridge.
    Learn more
  • Morgan's head

    Hike

    Morgan's head

    Departure from Santa Catalina. 30 min walk to reach this beautiful viewpoint. Easy.
  • Boat tour

    Around the island

    Boat tour

    The island is beautiful from the ocean. Most tours include a stop at Crab Cay. 5 hours.
  • Crab Cay

    Island

    Crab Cay

    It's a rock that stands in the middle of the ocean. Mind-blowing view. Paid entrance.
    Learn more
  • Snorkeling tour

    Water Activity

    Snorkeling tour

    There are beautiful coral reefs around Providencia: Paradise, Marguerita, Morgan's head.
    We recommend
  • Diving

    Water Activity

    Diving

    There are 7 dive centers in Providencia and it's affordable. There are exceptional spots.
    We recommend
  • Snorkeling

    Water activity

    Snorkeling

    Swim from Fort Bay beach to Morgan's head. It takes 30 min. Excellent snorkeling spot.
  • El Faro

    Boat trip

    El Faro

    A 2h30 boat ride to reach a beautiful atoll where you can dive, fish and cook on the sand.
  • Fishing

    Water activity

    Fishing

    Go fishing with locals and eat what you catch: Trolling and spearfishing.
    We recommend
  • Cotton tree

    SPA

    Cotton tree

    Beautiful SPA on SouthWest beach. Different options and packages. Great massages.
    Learn more
  • Horse riding

    Tour

    Horse riding

    Ask for Rodolfo and plan a 2h expedition from SouthWest to Manzanillo. Great views!
    We recommend
  • Kayak

    Water Activity

    Kayak

    Rent a Kayak for a couple of hours in front of the Deep blue and head to Crab Cay.

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