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San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina: When to go

All year, the islands are blessed with fine Caribbean weather–except during hurricane season, which can inflict heavy rains, winds and overcast skies from late September through until early December. San Andrés suffers more than Providencia from hurricanes, as favorable currents protect the smaller island. The archipelago has an average temperature of 29ºC (84ºF) and relative humidity of 89 percent. Annual precipitation is about 1,900 millimeters (75 in). Slight climatic differences exist between the islands.


Casual clothing of light cotton and shirts with short sleeves, and comfortable shoes or sandals are the best for the islands' climate, though have a light wrap on hand for cool


Accommodation rates fluctuate through the year depending on holidays and weather. Flights and all accommodations increase in cost significantly.

High season: late December to late January, Easter Week.

Mid-season: mid-June to mid-August.

Low season: End of January to mid-June, except Easter Week, and mid-August to mid-December.

There are vedas (seasonal bans) on certain foods: iguana (January 1-May 31), black crab (April 1-July 31), spiny lobster (April 1-June 30) and conch (June 1-October 31). Bans are in place year-round for coral and turtle.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina: Providencia and Santa Catalina: When to go and San Andres Island: When to go.








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...
02 Aug 2011



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