San Andres Colombia covers an area of 26 km². This is the largest of the three islands of this Colombian Archipelago.
They are some of the Western Caribbean Islands and are located about 200 km from the eastern coast of Nicaragua in Central America and over 700 km from mainland Colombia.
Map showing the location of the San Andres Islands
They Belong to Colombia
But regardless to the dispute this is an integral part of the Colombian sovereignty. Spanish is the official language of the Islands and English is widely spoken too.
Flying time to Colombia is about 90 minutes. San Andres Island consists of sedimentary rocks that been accumulating for centuries and are of volcanic origin. In the middle there are low hills bordered by a low coastal plain.
San Andres features amazing tropical beaches
Beaches of San Andres Colombia
The beaches of Isla de San Andres are amazingly beautiful like all Caribbean Beaches. The beaches are mainly concentrated on the north and east of the island and this is where you’ll find the concentration of resorts, restaurants, cafes and shops.
The west side is rocky and has no beaches at all. You can visit the area for its scenic views and picture taking. The waters are in such shades of blue and turquoise that the sea around the islands has been nicknamed by Colombians as “The Sea of Seven Shades of Turquoise”It is actually “Colombians Well Kept Secret”.
Colombian from the mainland frequently come to the islands for vacations; but everything comes to light and it is slowly becoming known and soon we may see flocks of International tourists visiting the area.
Playa Manzanillo in San Andres Colombia
The Beaches of San Andres
Providencia is the sister Island of San Andres
Providencia Island the sister island of San Andres Colombia is still virgin and unspoiled. This Caribbean Paradise is just a short flight or by catamaran from Isla San Andres.
Old Providence or Isla de Providencia is a mountainous Caribbean island. This one is closer to Nicaragua but is still part of the Colombia Department of the three islands.
Providencia is a popular scuba diving destination because a great reef lying on the Eastern part of the island.
Satellite view of the Island of San Andres
Things to do in San Andres Island
Decameron Boutique Los Delfines Hotel San Andres
bolivar key by roberto san andre
san andres view by rockfan
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.