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SAN  ANDRES  ISLAND  -  COLOMBIA


San Andres (by locals known as - Isla de San Andres) and Providence are located in the Caribbean Sea, about 750 kilometers north-west of mainland Colombia and only 230 kilometers east of Nicaragua. probably the most laid-back place in all of Colombia. People from around the world come here to relax on its beautiful beaches and in the Caribbean sun. The islands are perfect retreats for scuba divers, snorkelers and people who enjoy peace, quiet, crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.
 

The San Andres archipelago is made up of two groups of islands. San Andres, in the south, is the largest and most important island and 90 kilometers to the north we find the group centered around the island of Providence. Several small cays away from the main islands are scattered over an area of 350,000 square kilometers.

 

Besides gorgeous beaches San Andres island is a paradise for divers. It offers more than 30 dive sites, most within reach of the shore, although some are a bit further away. The stunning coral bottoms are teaming with life, turtles, spiny puffers, sergeant majors, sardines, barracudas, and hundreds of garden eels which poke their heads up from the sand after sensing vibrations. It is normal to see the amazing yellow anemones, calamari swimming in formation, and lots more.

 

Providence, traditionally known as Old Providence, is located about 90 kilometers north of San Andres island. It is the second largest island of the archipelago, 7 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. It is a mountainous island of volcanic origin, much older than San Andres. It's highest peak, El Pico, reaches 320 meters, and there are a few others slightly lower. The island has diverse forest with coconut palms growing mainly along the shores. The native inhabitants, descendants of the Jamaican slaves, still speak a thick Jamaican-English.


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