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Providencia and Santa Catalina

Altitude: 0-360 meters (1,174 feet), Population: 6,000, Phone Code: 8



Providencia (Old Providence) is the archipelago's second-largest island. It is much different than San Andrés. Life here is laid-back and the Raizal culture still reigns.



The main settlement on Providencia is Town (Santa Isabel) on the northern tip, where most businesses are. An 18-kilometer (11-mile) road skirts the outside edge of the island, and so most inhabitants live along the shore. The airport, Rocky Point (Punta Rocosa), Smooth Water Bay (Aguamansa) and Machineel (Playa Manzanilla) are along the east coast. The west side of the island is where Old Town (Pueblo Viejo), Lazy Hill (San Felipe), Freshwater Bay (Agua Dulce) and South West Bay (Bahía Sudoeste) are. Several lomas (hills) rise in the center of the island. Santa Catalina, an isle just to the north, is accessible from Providencia by the “Lover’s Bridge.” Ten kilometers (six miles) further north is Low Cay.



Little remains from the early Puritan, slave and pirate settlements, except names and the odd cannon here and there. Santa Isabel has a few ramshackle streets where you can find cafés, a supermarket, banks and a cash machine. Unless you need to withdraw some funds, there should be no urgent need to visit there.



Instead, stick to the island’s main attractions—unspoiled beaches, charming islanders conversing in their Creole English, tours of the mangroves and hikes into the interior volcanic hills.



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Hike to El Pico, Providencia

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Santa Catalina

120040 The tiny island of Santa Catalina was connected to Providencia at one time, but it is believed that pirates—possibly Henry Morgan or the Dutchman Edward Manswelt—may have cut a 100-meter ...
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Diving in Providencia

Arguably having clearer water that its larger and more frequently visited neighbor, San Andrés, Providencia is a scuba diver’s dream. The island has calm, crystalline waters and an abundance of ...
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Boat Tours

Make a complete circle of Providence and Santa Catalina in a boat. Group tours leave every day for a morning at sea, visiting Crab Cay, Lovers Bridge, Morgan\'s Head (a large rock that, from the ...
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Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence Mcbean Lagoon

Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon, in the extreme northeast of Providence Island, is the only national park in the archipelago. It protects McBean Lagoon, Three Brothers Cays and ...
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Providencia And Santa Catalina Beaches

Providencia has some of the Caribbean\'s premier beaches with calm waters. The most secluded is Manchaneel (Playa Manzanillo), which is accessible only by taxi or private transport. Get here early ...
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