We are looking for another non-touristy place to go chill out for 2 wks. Been to Bocas del Toro, Carriacou (Grenada), Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica... Looking to find another such relaxed not full of tourists and concrete place.
So searching the internet, found San Andres, Columbia and thought hmmm this looks like some beautiful calm beaches! That in turn led me to Providencia! I told my husband - I think we've found our next Winter vacation?
So my Q's: are the beaches on both really as beautiful and calm as they look?
Is it really as laid-back (Providencia) as ppl say?
Do you think there will be enough to do (ie exploring via golf cart, going to the other island) for us, other than just walking out and swimming and lying on the beach (day), then finding a reggae bar or hut or something for some drinks (evg)?
We have to consider travelling days from Canada, so the flights I looked at have us arriving for eg. Sat., arriving SanAndres on the Sunday, then having to leave SA, via Panama, then home 2 wks later on the Sat. So I thought possibly, in the initial talking/planning stages, maybe San Andres for Sat/Sun, then fly (sounds like the catamaran is too risky time-wise tho we love the water, may save that for Catalina) over to Providencia. Stay there til we have to go back the Sat. to arrive home on the Sunday.
Unfortunately doing this we wouldn't see any kind of culture - ie the cities on the mainland or anything, but we just did all the country/etc in Costa Rica and it was exhausting, however beautiful, so thinking of doing this "beaching it on remote islands" for a change. Would we be missing out on a lot doing this?
(The flight I checked has us arriving via Panama so it looked like the more $$$ options were out of Columbia itself)?
but then I found Providencia and thought hmmmm......... ???? Help????????
(ps we do a bit of snorkelling but no diving).