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San Andres


Altitude: 0-85 meters / 277 feet, Population: 66,000, Phone Code: 8



San Andrés (Saint Andrew) is the archipelago's largest island. The island has an interesting history that includes pirates and legends of lost treasures. The long, narrow island is 12 kilometer (7.5 mi) long and three kilometers (1.8 mi) wide, and only about 26 square kilometers (10 sq mi) in size. The northeast tip, North End (San Andrés Town) is where the isle's main city and airport are. The southern tip is home to the Blowing Hole (Hoyo Soplador). Major spots along the west coast are Morgan's Cave and Cove Bay, and along the east coast are Playas de Sound Bay, Rocky Cay and San Luis. In the center of the island is a lagoon called Big Pond (La Laguna). Johnny Cay lies 1.5 kilometers (1.5 mi) off the north coast. Haine's Cay and Aquarium Island are just off the east coast.



The shopping on San Andrés is particularly good, as the town itself is a duty-free zone. There are good beaches and good scuba diving too. On an island tour you’ll see traditional architecture, a restored traditional home, and some cheesy pirate mannequins à la Disney World at Morgan’s Cave. The tour includes snorkeling at West View and a stop at the Blowing Hole, a natural phenomenon which draws many visitors.



San Andrés is a growing resort spot, popular primarily with South American and Canadian tourists. Most visitors stay at large resorts, which are scattered around the island. North End town has lower-budget accommodations.


Other places nearby San Andres: Providencia and Santa Catalina,

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Things to do in San Andres

The Blue Diamond wreck dive

106520 According to local lore, the Blue Diamond was impounded in the 1990s by the Colombian government for running drugs before being scuttled to create a dive attraction. Whatever its history, this ...
San Andres, Colombia

Morgan's Cave/Pirate Museum/Coconut Museum

106534This unassuming freshwater cave, believed to once have been a hiding place for Captain Morgan\'s pirate loot, has been transformed into one of San Andrés’ main tourist attractions. A visit starts ...
San Andres, Colombia

Museo Casa Isleña/Island House Museum

106535Casa Museo Isleña (Island House Museum) is a restored home, an example of traditional functional island architecture. It is decorated as it would have been decades ago, with family portraits on the ...
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West View

106537 West View, also called La Piscinita, is one of San Andrés\' best snorkeling spots. A short pier juts into the ocean. Water-shy tourists toss bread (included in the entrance fee) into the sea, ...
San Andres, Colombia

The Blowing Hole

106592Only on a small Caribbean island in the middle of the ocean could a hole in the ground which occasionally blows a strong puff of air be a major tourist attraction. On the southern end of the island, ...
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La Loma

106595 Many San Andrés Island tours will take you to La Loma (129 meters / 394 feet), the central hill of the island. A hotel there has the best views—you can see the beautiful Caribbean, known for its ...
City Walk
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Johnny Cay Regional Park

One of the most popular tours in San Andrés is boating to Johnny Cay, a four-hectare (11-ac) island 2 kilometers (1.6 mi) off San Andres’ north coast. Since 2002, the islet has been a regional ...
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Old Point Regional Mangrove Park

Old Point Regional Mangrove Park embraces two bays on San Andrés Island’s east coast: Hooker and Haines. The reserve protects the largest and best-preserved expanses of red, black, white and ...
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