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Providencia island is one of Colombia's most laid back vacation destinations. As Providencia used to be owned by the British, most of the (extremely friendly) locals speak English, as well as Spanish and Creole. The island is a wonderful place to relax for a few nights on your vacation to Colombia. There are about half a dozen wonderful beaches in total on the island of Providencia - most of the beaches are beautiful and relatively empty. There's little to do other than relax, go snorkelling or scuba diving, or drink Caribbean cocktails from one of the beach bars. At the moment there is little tourism on the island, though visitor numbers are slowly increasing.

Providencia Hotels

Providencia has numerous small hotels - all the hotels are small - there are no large resorts. Almost all are simple, small hotels or posadas.

Deep Blue - a beautifully located small boutique style hotel. The sea views towards the National Park are truly stunning. From Deep Blue it's easy to kayak over to the beautiful turquoise waters of Crab Caye.

Miss Mary Hotel: Miss Mary is located right on one of the most beautiful beaches on Providencia Island. The restaurant serves good seafood. Miss Mary is affiliated with hotel chain Decameron.

Sol Caribe: the swimming pool and spacious rooms of the Sol Caribe hotel are plus points, though the hotel does not have a beach front location (though it is a sea front location). The Sol Caribe is one of the more expensive hotels in Providencia.

Other hotels in Providencia: Posada del Mar and Cabanas Relax are the other Decameron hotels on Providencia Island. In addition, Hotel El Pirata Morgan is located close to the sea and above a small supermarket. Hotel Sirius specializes in scuba diving packages and is found close to the beach in South West Bay. South West Bay Cabanas is also found a short-ish walk from the beach in South West Bay. Other independent hotels in the Aguadulce "tourist Zone" incluce Hotel El Encanto and Cabanas Aguadulce.

There's plenty of cheap guesthouses (posadas) too - consider Mr Mac, Miss Orfe, Cabanas Sonny, Posada CocoBay, Posada Sunshine Paradise, Miss Elma, Miss Lupe, Miss Enilda, and many many more. It's easy for backpackers to turn up at any of these posadas and book on the doorstep - there's almost always plenty of rooms available.

Things to Do

Other than relaxing on one of Providencia's beaches, there is excellent scuba diving and snorkelling tours available for those on vacation. The island can be explored by motocycle or golf cart, or you can charter a boat and driver to explore the islands and nearby Cayes for a day. There is also a laid back beach party every night (on Playa Manzanillo) where tourists can meet some of the friendly locals.

Not to be missed is a visit to the McBean Lagoon National Park. The park comprises of various beautiful small Cayes such as Crab Caye and the Three Brothers Cayes, as well as mangroves and hills on the island of Providencia. Beautiful views towards the National Park can be experienced from Ironwood Hill.

Flights & Boats to Providencia

Providencia is accessible by short flights from San Andres Island, which in turn is easily accessible from various cities on Colombia's mainland in addition to Panama City. Satena has two to four flights from San Andres to Providencia every day. Decameron also charters two or more flights to Providencia every day.

There is also a catamaran that runs between San Andres and Providencia approximately 4 times a week - the journey takes about 2.5 hours.

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