San Andres Island Journals

Providencia Isla

A January 2007 trip to San Andres Island by Kiryo

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Providencia Isla

Overview

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Providencia IslaOld Providence was an old English colonial possession; about 100 km of what is now Nicaragua. Strange to say that Providencia Isla is not in Nicaragua’s jurisdiction but rather is a municipality of the San Andres y Providencia Islas “department” of Colombia. Tourism in San Andres revolves around the basic Caribbean beach vacation: white sand, friendly locals, nightlife, great seafood, and sun. Also, it's one of the shopping capitals for all of Latin America with Panama-style low prices in comparison to the rest of the Spanish speaking countries. Providencia’s tourism industry is very much different. Even smaller than San Andres, this tiny island is better known ...Read More

Manzanillo and area

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Attraction

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After Hurricane Beta struck San Andres and Providencia islands, the damage severely interrupted Providencia’s small tourism industry. Decameron and other hotel chains decided to invest in the reconstruction efforts by consolidating several small “boutique” lodgings primarily in and around Sweetwater bay on Providencia into a tourist getaway. Thus far the result has been positive, since the small size of the lodgings prevents mass tourism from destroying the relaxing nature of Providencia. At the Miss Elma hotel one can talk with the property manager, Rosendo, about renting scooters for 24 hour periods for about USD $20. No driver’s license necessary, just a little knowledge of safe scooter dri...Read More

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Walking Santa Catalina

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Santa Catalina IslaAbout 100 meters due north of Providencia’s town floats Santa Catalina Isla. To get there one needs to cross El Puente de los Enamorados (Lovebird’s Bridge). Maybe its named so due to the necessity to occasionally lend a helping hand to your significant other since this bridge mostly is a floating bridge. You can hypothetically cross by boat, but it takes the fun out of crossing a floating bridge. Santa Catalina boasts several sites attributed to the famous Capt. Henry Morgan. In fact, Capt. Morgan rose to fame after participating in the taking of Providencia and Santa Catalina for the English from Spain. You know this story, colonial power A takes from colonial powe...Read More