Located 480 miles northwest off of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, San Andres is conveniently on the Central American-Colombian air route via charter flights and international flights to Colombian cities. San Andres is also accessed easily by sea from any port in the Caribbean.
This beautiful island is lush with tropical plant life that thrives in temperatures averaging between 70 and 80+ F throughout the year and gentle breezes from 5-15 mph. rustle the palm leaves almost constantly. The rains tend to fall from October through December, with mostly dry, sunny days the rest of the year. Boat rentals and ocean fishing make for memorable experiences and provide photogenic views of the island and spectacular sunsets.
Surrounded by warm Caribbean waters, San Andres Island provides fantastic diving experiences. Scuba diving and snorkelling the coral reefs draws many visitors. The crystal clear waters give perfect views of the colourful fish and reefs along the coast. The warm, white sand beaches allow relaxing in the sun and ocean swims in the calm undercurrents and warm waters are not bettered anywhere.
The town of San Andres (El Centro) is on the northern end of this mainly flat island. Most of the historical and tourist sites are located there, including the commercial business area. The island is compact enough for easy walking. You can rent a moped or scooter to increase the ease of exploring. Visitors enjoy swimming, parasailing, wind surfing, relaxing on exquisite beaches, or horseback riding into the lush forest trails.
The Archipelago of San Andres has a rich and interesting history. The Spanish Conquistadors settled in 1510, and their settlements drew privateers and pirates to the San Andres island. Jamaican woodcutters and English Puritans established towns of their own. Sugar and cotton plantations became the mainstay of the economy. Slaves were brought in from Jamaica to work in the fields. The influence of the English colonists continued through their language, religion, and architecture even after the island became part of Colombia.
The multi-ethnic heritage of the island offers an expansive cultural experience. Spanish is the official language of San Andres, however most people also speak excellent English. A varied cultural cuisine relying largely on fish and local vegetables, coconut, plantain, breadfruit, and spices can be enjoyed to a background of reggae and salsa music. San Andres along with the other islands of the archipelago is considered a World Biosphere Reserve.