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Isla de San Andrés Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 295 photos

The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina, identified by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, is located 480 miles (720 km) northwest from the Colombian Caribbean Coast. It is made up of the islands of San Andres, Providence and St. Catherine, Bolivar and Albuqueque islets, Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Serrana, Serranilla, Quitasueno, Rocky, and Crab cays and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks.

San Andrés, at the southern end of the archipelago, is the largest island at 13 km long and 3 km wide. It is mostly flat, with the highest point being El Cliff overlooking El Centro, the local name for the town of San Andrés at the northern end of the island.

This was a tender port and we tendered in to a small village that was about eight miles away from the main population center. Most of the tourism and commercial business are in this center.

San Andres appears to be a vacation destination for rich Colombians and also South Koreans. There is a heavy presence by the Colombian military, and overflights of the island are prohibited. It is a fairly inexpensive place to visit.

  • Last visit to Isla de San Andrés: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 10, 2012
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