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Providencia Holidays

Providencia holidays

The archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia is near Nicaragua (96 miles off the coast). It is historically tied to the empires of England and Spain, but is now part of Colombia.  UNESCO has declared the archipelago a World Biosphere Reserve.  In 1631 it was invaded by the English, who colonised the islands and brought in slaves from Jamaica to cultivate tobacco and cotton.  Because of their strategic location, the islands provided convenient shelter for pirates waiting to attack Spanish galleons bound for home with gold and other riches.

Providencia

Holidays In Providencia

There are isolated beaches, unspoiled coral reefs and a 300-year-old English/Creole-speaking Raizal culture - descendants of African slaves. San Andrés is the largest island and the tourist boom has resulted it in losing much of its original charm. For this reason we have focused on the smaller and quainter Providencia, a craggy island which offers the same turquoise sea and extensive coral reefs (second largest in the northern hemisphere). Much of Providencia’s colonial heritage is still alive and thriving in small hamlets of colourful wooden homes dotted around the island. It is free of mass tourism and large resorts. There are strong musical roots including calypso, soca, reggae and church music.

Friendly locals, warm seas and an impressive, mountainous topography all help to make this a wonderful experience. It boasts excellent diving and snorkelling and there a number of good beaches including Freshwater Bay, South West Bay and Manzanillo and Old John Bay. Loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtles all nest at Southwest Bay at certain times of the year. The dry season is between January and June when trade winds take the heat off the sun. The island is a year round destination with average temperatures in the low 20s.

There are no direct flights to Providencia from Colombia mainland. Therefore, it is necessary to fly to San Andrés (2 hours from Bogotá or 1 hour 30 minutes from Cartagena) and then take a 20 minute inter-island flight to Providencia. San Andrés is also served by flights from Central America - there are direct flights from Panama (1 hour 20 minutes).

For more information on Providencia click here for our Providencia highlights.

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