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Providencia and Santa Catalina Overview



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



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.


By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
09 Aug 2011

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