Travel to exotic paradises in Colombia

16th November 2017

The Caribbean is a treasure trove of exotic paradise destinations, each offering a tranquil place to soak up the sun. Some of the first destinations that spring to mind when thinking about the Caribbean may include the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, the Cayman Islands and Cuba. However, these comprise of only a handful of the total number of islands that can be found within this 1-million-square-mile region. There are more than 7,000 islands to be discovered and Star Clippers’ range of Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries offers an opportunity to visit some of the smallest ones.

While the Caribbean is home to several independent countries and a number of dependent territories, a number of South American nations also stake a claim to some of the islands. This week’s blog focusses on two Colombian islands situated within the Caribbean, both of which are actually closer to the eastern coast of Nicaragua and are so small that you are likely to have them all to yourself.

Providencia

Providencia Colombia

No larger than 12km, the island of Providencia offers a fine blend of isolated beaches with lush-green natural features and – of course – a quintessentially Caribbean climate. The main beach of Bahia Aguadulce is sure to be pristine enough, but other quieter options around the island include Bahia Suroeste, and Bahia Manzanillo, which offers regular parties and live acoustic music. In addition to these, there is Almond Beach, which is an ideal location for snorkelling.

Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to admire the surrounding natural elements from The Peak, which is the highest point on the island and offers beautiful panoramic views. It is also possible to visit the significantly smaller island of Santa Catalina, which is connected to Providencia via a footbridge known as Lover’s Bridge.

San Andres

San Andres Colombia

The island of San Andres comprises of a 26km strip and is slightly more developed than Providencia. Upon arrival, you will instantly be immersed in the relaxing Caribbean atmosphere, which is emitted through welcoming locals and entrancing Reggae music. As you might expect, the island is home to many relaxing beaches upon which to relax, but the surrounding waters are where you will find an abundance of hidden treasures.

The sea has varying levels of depth, which has led to it being called the seven-coloured sea. It is a perfect place to try out scuba diving and snorkelling, with opportunities to admire an underwater coral reef, explore a hidden shipwreck and even catch a glimpse of a statue of Neptune – the Roman God of the sea.


Both of these stunning islands can only be visited on board the nine-night Panama to Cienfuegos sailing, which departs on the 9th December 2017 out of the Panamanian island of Balboa. Many itineraries also offer the opportunity to visit the charmingly authentic Colombian city of Cartagena – a walled city that is home to many brightly coloured buildings and a series of 500-year-old forts.

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