San Andrés and Providencia
These two dreamy islands, part of a Caribbean archipelago far closer to Costa Rica
and Nicaragua, are still considered Colombia’s territory. Crystal-clear seas in every shade of blue and impeccable white-sand beaches have made them favorite vacation spots for Colombians—San Andrés can grow overcrowded around national holidays. Harder to get to, and hence all the more idyllic, Providencia is a 15-minute flight or three-plus-hour ferry ride from San Andrés. The local people, the majority of whom are known as Raizals, speak an unusual Creole dialect.