Altitude: 0-85 meters / 277 feet, Population: 66,000, Phone Code: 8
San AndrĂ©s (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 AndrĂ©s 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 AndrĂ©s 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 youâ€™ll see traditional architecture, a restored traditional home, and some cheesy pirate mannequins Ă la Disney World at Morganâ€™s Cave. The tour includes snorkeling at West View and a stop at the Blowing Hole, a natural phenomenon which draws many visitors.
San AndrĂ©s 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,