I have been enticed by the beautiful photos of the beaches at San Andres and Providencia, and I am hoping to visit May 6-10 (the Monday is a holiday in Colombia so I'm trying to book ASAP before prices go up even more and availability is even lower!). I am traveling with a friend from college (2 women in early 20s), and we're not big partiers but may want to do a night or two of drinks and possibly dancing. We're mainly going to laze on the beach, bike the islands, and do some snorkeling.
From what I've read, there are more lodging options and they are more reasonably priced in San Andres. I did a quick search on two hostels in San Andres, El Viajero and Blue Almond, which both have some availability for our dates, and the prices look okay. I also did a quick search for the Blue Almond location in Providencia, which was significantly more expensive and with less availability.
Which island would be best for us? My sense is that Providencia is more calm. Is there any nightlife or bars to speak of? What are the main advantages of staying in Providencia over San Andres? Also, what are the best ways to get to Providencia? Reading about issues with the catamaran and poor availability for the flights directly to Providencia, I'm thinking we might just do Providencia as a day trip somehow, but if someone here thinks Providencia is significantly nicer to stay on then San Andres, I'm all ears!