Our Opinion of San Andres
The main attraction here for tourist has always been the coral formations along the eastern shore that gives the sea an unbelievably beautiful array of colours and the beaches with the whitest sand to be found anywhere. Visitors have also started delving a little deeper into the island's architectural styles, native dishes, music, dance and other common expressions of local culture.
It has become commonplace to see tourists at one of the lectures about defending the archipelago's ecological balance or to hear them exchanging opinions with the islanders during one of the reggae concerts.
Sprat Bight Beach
This is the main beach of the island, located in North End. With a length of 450 m and white sand, it is a preferred site for enjoying the sun and the transparency of the water. It is an ideal place for groups to meet for informal recreation.
This is the bay where the sun goes down, and where the Colombian Navy and Caribbean Cruise ships anchor. It is a good place for scuba diving.
A small island, visible from the beaches of downtown, it is a symbol and temple of tourism. Johnny Cay is a happy place, with palms, cocktails, local foods and a slightly rough sea.
This coral island full of palms, located next to the Aquarium, is a calm, sandy cay. Both isles are surrounded by all the colours of the San Andres Sea. Most aquatic sports are practiced around these cays.
This natural swimming pool lets you enjoy a good sea bath and swim without danger or waves.
Things to know about San Andres, Colombia Vacations
Activities & Sports
Almost all sports can be practiced in the islands, especially water sports. San Andres provides magnificent surroundings for scuba diving, with the certified PADI and NAUI diving schools. Dive sites include Sink Boat, Blue Wall, Cayo Albuquerque, the Lighthouse and Turtle Trap. Sports using sails, sailboats and windsurfing, are practiced and taught in the windy months of December to February and June to July. It is possible to see the island by cycling or running along both the coast and the hill roads. There are many places that offer waterskiing, jet skis, kayaks, wind surfing, kite surfing, horseback riding, submarine tours and many other options.
Beach Volleyball is also practiced in several San Andres and Providence beaches. The islanders play basketball and they also like horse racing, which is organized on the Elsy Bar road, in the south of the island.
Morgan's Cave is not only a mysterious opening that time and the waves have carved out of the coral, but also a place that evokes a series of legends in which the islanders firmly believe in. Good swimmers can go into the cave and see for themselves if it is made up of the famous labyrinth that finally opens on to an all but deserted beach, which has remained almost undisturbed because it is so hard to reach.
Dining & Nightlife
There are bars, casinos, discotheques, all full of magic to illuminate the nights of San Andres. Here are also two more options with more local flair:
- You will find many concerts, typical dancing group presentation, expositions and other forms of the cultural expression every Saturday at the north end Cultural Centre.
- In the areas inhabited by native islanders, dancing is organized in the street using powerful audio equipment. During the tourist seasons, public concerts, at which local groups play local music and calypso, are organized on the beaches.
Crab Season occurs in the months of May and June, during the reproductive period. You can see large quantities of black crabs that travel from the inland forests to the sea to spawn. Of course at this time they make an appearance in restaurant menus as well. A favourite is the crab soup. Great local restaurants where traditional meals may appear are:
- Mr Carrington's Coral View Restaurant
- West View Restaurant
- La Regatta Restaurant
- El Rincon de la Langosta
Here you will find great duty free shopping opportunities, especially for electronics, perfume, gold, emeralds and designer clothes. The commercial district of San Andres is right downtown in North End, and on the beach avenue.
Language: Spanish, some English and Creole
Climate: The islands have a warm climate that oscillates between 26° and 29° Celsius, but cool breezes blow throughout the year. The dry season period is changeable and can reach up to five consecutive months, while the following months are rainy with strong winds at the end of the year.
Electricity: 110 V, 60Hz
A passport, valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing or return ticket are required. No visa required for touristic stays of up to 90 days.
International driver's license required.