Colombia. San Andres Island. 02-2012
The coral island of San Andres is located in the Caribbean Sea 750 km away from the Colombian coast. Geographically it’s much closer to Nicaragua (230 km). The island’s history is very complicated; centuries ago it was inhabited by English Puritans as well as being pirates’ favourite spot. So I couldn’t miss my chance to visit the place, jumped on a plane in Bogota and in two and a half hours I was already there.
The main town (locals call it simply El Centro) didn’t impress me at all: it’s just a big duty free with mopeds running all around it. Fortunately it’s very easy to avoid the chaos by taking a boat to one of nearby cays to spend the day on white sands and bathe in azure waters. Photos in this post are from El Cayo Acuario and El Cayo Johnny.
If you are not afraid of tourist crowds, then you could try one of local activities - swimming with manta rays. I didn’t do that, because there were more people in the water than rays. Also there is an option to take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Providencia which is said to be nicer and quieter than San Andres, but the round trip ferry ticket there was same price as round trip flight from Bogota, which was way too much in my opinion.
Taking into account the fact that I came to Colombia in February straight from snowy Saint Petersburg, I did enjoy San Andres island, and tourist crowds didn’t bother me much (I have to mention that I got to San Andres in its peak season and saw lots of Colombian vacationers there).