"People and Culture" Isla de Providencia Local Custom Tip by mircaskirca

Isla de Providencia Local Customs: 7 reviews and 28 photos

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The Providencian culture is the result of a mixture of inhabitants who came to the region over the period of past centuries. Most of today's native population (approximately 5.000 people) share a blended ancestry derived from English, Spanish, African and Colombian descendants. Even after the island became Colombian territory, the English influence remained in architecture, language and religion. The native language of Providencia is Creole, a kind of Caribbean English. The language originates in English but it has its own phonetic, grammar and many expressions from Spanish and African dialects. The dominant creeds among the islanders are Catholic, Baptist and Adventist.

The culture is similar to that of nearby Jamaica and very different from that of mainland Colombia. That means Rastas, reggae and a very laid back lifestyle. This is how all the Caribbean was 50 years ago. Islanders are unassuming, generous and kind. They encourage you to enjoy the slow pace of life, to forget about time and to relax in the calm and inviting atmosphere.

People of Providencia feel Colombian but most of all they feel Providencian. It's a pride demonstrated when they talk about 'their island'. Islanders are very sensitive to finding ways of encouraging tourism that will not degrade the environment and the culture of the island. Providencia thankfully remains unspoilt and is a very unique island to visit.

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2010
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