WHERE IS SAN ANDRES/PROVIDENCE?
Often overlooked by tourists from other areas, residents of Central and South America know the many charms of these Caribbean islands. Although closer to Nicaragua in mainland Central America than Colombia, both islands are part of the San Andres-Providence Archipelago. This area was designated as part of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000, and is administered by Coralina, a government agency that oversees and protects this diverse ecosystem.
HOW TO GET THERE
Both islands are closer to mainland Nicaragua in Central America than Colombia. The most efficient way to get to either island is from major Central American cities like Panama or Colombian cities such as Bogotá or Medelin which fly direct to San Andres. From San Andres, you'll have to board one of the island puddle-jumpers for a 30-minute flight to Providence. Another option is an open-ocean boat trip from Central America.
From the United States, many flights connect in Miami or Panama City, and some offer flights direct to Bogotá. From Central America, Copa Airlines flies from Panama to San Andres. Within Colombia, airlines Avianca, Aerorepublica and Satena fly in to San Andres. Satena flies into Providence from San Andres a few times a day. Ferries from other islands in the Caribbean are also available.
*When traveling to South America, it's a good idea to check with the U.S. State Department for any travel advisories.