San Andres Island is the largest island and main hub of the Colombian department of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina. This island department, it should be noted, is closer to Nicaragua and Costa Rica than it is to Colombia. As far as tourism is concerned, visitors come mostly to spend time on the beach and bask in the warm Caribbean sun. These aren’t the only activity options, however, and visitors should have little trouble finding a good place to stay among all the hotels and vacation rental properties.
On San Andres Island, white sand beaches meet the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Palm trees line many of the beaches, only adding to the scenic appeal, and there are beaches where a variety of fun water sport activities can be enjoyed. The area waters are particularly ideal for snorkeling and diving, so you might look to add these activities to the list when trying to find things to do. Small cays that are found off the San Andres Island coast are home to some wonderful beaches and some excellent snorkeling and diving sites, so travelers might look to visit these cays on the side.
San Andres Island, as is true of Providencia Island and the other islands that make up the San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina department, has a very different feel than the Colombian mainland. Locals speak Creole, as well as English and Spanish, and there are Jamaican and English influences. Laid-back is a term that could be used to describe the overall atmosphere of San Andres Island, and all things considered, it can truly be a great place to get away from it all for a while. Ideas for things to do when a break from the beach is in order include checking out the marine animals at the Seaquarium, heading to the small village of La Loma to see its nineteenth century Baptist Church, and exploring the small tourist town of San Luis.
Some of the San Andres Island hotels offer all inclusive packages for those who wish to take advantage. As far as getting to the island is concerned, visitors can arrive by way of cruise ship or fly to the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport. It is usually necessary to fly to a larger regional airport first and then take a short connecting flight to the island if you are going by air.