In the shallow blue waters of the Caribbean you will find the palm lined beaches of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. The islands are part of Colombia, but are actually closer to the mainland of Nicaragua.
The islands have a fascinating history, complete with pirate adventures and colonial explorers. The Pirate Henry Morgan is said to have hidden loot in a cave on the island, never to be discovered. In the 17th century, settlers came, bringing with them slaves from Africa. It was not until 1821 that slavery was abolished.
San Andrés is the most developed of the islands, and is home to around 70,000 people. Providencia is much less altered, with pristine beaches and rich jungles. The island of Santa Catalina is attached to Providencia by a 100 meter footbridge.
There are gorgeous rocky cays and sandy beaches to frequent on the islands, as well as beautiful botanic gardens and museums. Each of the islands have their own quirky things to check out, from caves to lighthouses.
Fly into the airport of San Andrés, then rent a scooter to get around the island. To get to Providencia you have to fly from San Andrés. Santa Catalina has only footpaths to get around.