San Andres Island sits off the shores of Nicaragua and is a relatively long distance away from the coast of Colombia, but politically is property of the South American country. The Caribbean island of San Andres is blessed with swimming pool like waters, beautiful white sand beaches and some very friendly people. Culturally the tiny island is a diverse meld of African descendants whom prefer to speak English due to the island’s early history, Colombian immigrants who have come here to work in tourism, and a very small group of indigenous people. The island radiates with a very interesting mix of Caribbean and Colombian vibe that will keep you entertained in the evening hours. During the day you have a wealth of opportunities as your disposal to explore the island and its waters in all their glory, even if that means simply sipping on a glass of cool rum punch while soaking up the sun and listening to the softly rolling waves.
Time Needed: 3-6 days
Budget: Between 60-120US$ depending on accomadation
Things to do in San Andres
- Beach: You couldn’t go to the Caribbean without soaking out on the beach. Personally, I felt like the best beach was the main beach on the edge of the city. It was never too crowded and the water was pleasant. There are boat trips that take passengers out to beach islands, but I found these to be far too crowded (mind you I was there in peak season).
- Boat cruise: There are a number of boat cruises available to show you the outlying islands, these generally include stops at some of the islands for a quick exploration.
- Snorkeling and diving: The crystal clear waters of San Andres make is a wonderful spot to either dive or snorkel. The divers will be pleased to find some impressive ship-wreck sites to explore.
- Captain Morgan night cruise: This cruise lasts about 4 hours and is a great way to spend the evening. Drinks and snacks are inlcuded and be prepared to be entertained by great music.
Where to Eat in San Andres
If you are doing the all-inclusive thing you wont have to worry about this. However, if you’re staying at a regular hotel then you’ll want to check out the food on the sea walk. The prices are quite expensive but the value is great as the seafood is top class. If you’re really trying to save money there are a bunch of chinese food places and shops that sell empanadas as well.
Where to Stay in San Andres
Most Caribbean islands are nearly impossible to get good deals at for accommodation, and although San Andres is more expensive, there is one good deal to be had. The Noblehouse Hotel has good rooms and a great environment for and as long as you have someone to share a room with will only cost about 40-50US a person. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive the cream of the crop is the Decameron Resort chain which offers all inclusive for about 100US$ a person. For a slightly cheaper all-inclusive try Campo Sol Resort which is about 80US$ a person. For those looking for a super cheap experience you might want to look into couch surfing.
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