If you’re looking for sun, sea, and great beaches, it’s time to book a San Andres vacation. Situated about 800 kilometers of the northeast coast of Columbia, San Andres is a tiny, seahorse-shaped coral island that offers up deserted white beaches, fantastic weather, dramatic diving, and lively Caribbean vibes all year round. Despite being a favorite weekend getaway for mainlanders, many tourists miss San Andres when they create their Columbian itineraries. Don’t make the same mistake—speak to one of our handpicked Travel Experts to book an unforgettable Caribbean adventure, tailor-made based on your travel preferences. Get started today!
Wondering where to start? Discover the must-see places our Travel Experts recommend visiting during your San Andres vacation.
If you’re looking for white sandy beaches and turquoise water away from El Centro’s crowds, head to the town of San Luis on the east coast of San Andres. Unlike the more popular Playa Spratt Bight, San Luis’s beach is a much quieter, albeit more windswept, alternative where you can enjoy the same stunning ocean views, clear waters for swimming, and local beachfront restaurants.
Every trip to San Andres should include a boat trip out across the waves to Johnny Cay. Also known as Islote Sucre (Sugar Islet), this is one of the largest cays around San Andres, where you can enjoy the year-round Caribbean sun against a backdrop of white sand and swaying palm trees. It’s the perfect spot to take a dip in crystal clear waters or take a blissful beachy stroll before stopping for a cocktail in the shade.
La Loma is one of the more traditional villages on the island that will take you back to the first colonial settlers and give you a glimpse of the San Andrean Raizal culture. With its wooden houses, quaint 19th-century Baptist church, sleepy streets, and Creole-speaking locals, this small village has a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere where you’ll feel less Columbian influence.
It’s hard to find a Caribbean island today that isn’t somewhat overcrowded with tourists, but Providencia has managed to retain its traditional authenticity. Providencia has the same sparkling turquoise waters and unspoiled coral reefs as San Andres without the more commercial trappings. Beyond warm locals and superb beaches devoid of people, the island is a treasure trove of amazing scenery, from El Pico’s summit to a coastal mangrove system at Old Providence McBean Lagoon. And if you happen to visit on a Saturday, make sure you head to Bahia Suroeste in the South West Bay to watch the highly-anticipated horse races along the beach.
If you’re passionate about exploring the sea, San Andres has some of the best scuba diving in the world. With its incredible visibility and warm temperature, the waters around Columbia are a paradise for divers. San Andres offers a range of wall, cave, and reef dives for every level that allow you to get up close and personal with local marine life like sea turtles, tiger fish, stingrays, and even the occasional octopus. Less
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