San Andres Island is a mixture of truly Caribbean paradise and fascinating culture and histories of pirates who used to surround the shores of this island looking for a place to hide their treasures. Nowadays the real treasure is found when you open your eyes to see the beauty in San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands.
The Seaflower Biosphere Reserve is situated at the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina, at the southwestern Caribbean. As a marine biosphere reserve, it covers approximately 10% of the Caribbean sea, with three main islands, surrounded by coastal mangroves swamps.
These Islands are San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina.
The islands of old Providence and Santa Catalina, with 19 Km2 formed by an extinct Miocene volcano, with an unusually well preserved tropical forest, have far less population (4.180).
Here is located the old Providence barrier reef alone is 32 km long and covers an area of 255 Km2 making it one of the largest coral reefs in America. It is identified as a significant site of coral and fish diversity and is considered a biodiversity “hotspot.” For this reason, Providence is one of the best diving destinations in Colombia. The visibility is between 15 and 30 meters, and there are over 40 immersion sites: La Caleta de José, La Calera, Las Piedras de la Langosta, Trampa Tortuga, Nirvana, Bowle View, Wild Life, La Rocosa, El Avión, and others. Here is possible to dive between in coral reefs and the aquarium accompanied by fish in many colors, butterfly, sergeant, bishop, among them. You may see seahorses around the gorgonians, rays, and, perhaps, barracudas.
The biggest island is San Andres, over half its population lives in the urban commercial center, on the coastal flats at the extreme north end of the island. What to do in San Andres Island in Colombia? Some activities in San Andres are sailing, windsurfing, surfing, and parasailing. Also, the island offers a good option for shoppers due to the variety of goods imported to the island without taxes. Nightlife is active; you can enjoy partying the Caribbean rhythms such as reggae, cumbia, salsa, and reggaeton.
Do not miss the tour to Johnny Cay, an islet of white sand, with a natural aquarium for snorkeling and taking delight in the splendor of the multitude of marine species. On the beach, friendly natives enliven the day with good reggae and calypso music and the delicious taste of typical food.
Finally, a must-to-do is a day tour around the island visiting the Blowing Hole; and Big Pond, a lake at the top of the island. At La Loma, visit the oldest Baptist Church in America.
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