An untouched paradise, ‘donde la magia envulve el alma y el Corazon’ (in English: where magic surrounds the heart and soul!)We have been in the Providencia anchorage almost three weeks. People here are very outgoing, and most speak English to boot, so that I didn’t feel any distance from the locals at all. Safety is another thing I like in this island, no threats at all. It is also a very clean island. Garbage trucks pick up garbage frequently. There are only about 5,500 residents here so everyone seems to know everyone. Both John and I think people who live on this island are very lucky. I would love to visit island again, just to chill and unwind.
Things I enjoyed in Providencia
- Buy a SIM card for the internet access (http://www.cucumberlemon.com/colombia-providencia-island-movistar-sim-card/)
- Hiking to Morgan’s Head in Santa Catalina island (a half day)
- Snorkel near Morgan’s Head (a half day)
- Walk roundtrip from Santa Isabel to Old Town (a half day)
- Rent a golf cart (Kawasaki Mule) and drive around the island visiting different places (one day, US$28 = 90,000 Colombian Pesos)
- Hiking to El Pico from Bottom House (round trip: three hours)
- Rent a scooter and drive around the island visiting different places (one day, US$16 = 50,000 Colombian Pesos)
- Hiking to Represa/reservoir near Southwest Bay (two hours)
- Take a Motor-taxi to Almond Bay (70 Cents/US = 2,000 Colombian Pesos)
- Walk to ‘Deep Blue Hotel/Restaurant’ in Maracaibo Bay and enjoy coffee with a view looking at the Crab Cay (a half day)
- Walk at Freshwater Bay
- Have seafood combo lunch at Arturo Restaurant at Southwest Beach/Bay
- Enjoy ‘Grilled Fish Plate’ at ‘Roland Roots Bar/Restaurant’ at Manchineel Beach
- Enjoy watching people at the bakery next to Erika’s grocery store in Santa Isabel
- Have ice cream at ‘Marlins Ice Cream Store’ in Santa Isabel
- Stop by ‘Café Studio’ and try ‘Cappuccino Cake’ with coffee (one hour)
- Try ‘Fried Fish’ lunch special (15,000 COP = US$5) at ‘Miss Lucy Restaurant’ in Santa Isabel
- Visit dental office and doctor’s office (http://www.cucumberlemon.com/my-experience-with-a-dentist-and-a-doctor-in-providencia-island-colombia/)
- Purchase things for the boat from three different hardware stores in Santa Isabel
***We heard lots of good things about SCUBA diving but we didn’t make it THIS time.
***Climate in Providencia: Average temperature is 81F(27C). The thermometer might rise to 88F(31C) in August and drop to 72F(22C) in February. May and June, and November to January are the usual rainy seasons. Dry weather prevails from February to April and from July to September. Winds are mostly easterly. The weather is usually determined by the trade winds.