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Isla de Providencia

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Isla de Providencia lies at the heart of UNESCO's Seaflower Biosphere, which covers roughly 10 percent of the Caribbean. Among the features protected by the biosphere is Providencia's coral reef—at 32 kilometers (20 miles) long,...

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San Andrés and Providencia, Colombia

This lagoon on the northeast coast of Providencia is one of Colombia's few national parks in the Caribbean (the country also has coastline on the Pacific Ocean). The park's full name is Old Providence McBean Lagoon National Natural Park, and while...

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Tiny Santa Catalina Island lies just north of Providencia. The two islands are connected by the Puente de Enamorados, or Lovers' Bridge, a short floating bridge painted in bright Caribbean colors. Santa Catalina was a popular base for...

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When residents of Providencia say they're going to town, they're talking about Santa Isabel, at the island's northern tip. It's home to most of Providencia's 5,000 residents, though others live in smaller settlements around the island....

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Crab Cay, or Cayo Cangrejo, sits roughly one kilometer (.6 miles) off the east coast of Isla de Providencia. From Providencia, the view of the small outcropping makes for a prime photo op, but snorkelers will be itching to hire a boat or...

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Providencia, San Andrés y Providencia, Colombia

You'll find this restaurant in the southwest part of the island, on one of its most beautiful beaches. El Divino Niño could be Providencia's most popular restaurant, so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a table. As for the menu,...

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Agua Dulce, Providencia Isla, Providencia Isla, San Andres, Colombia

The closest thing that Providencia has to a tourist quarter is Freshwater Bay (Bahía de Agua Dulce), a 150-meter-long (492-foot-long) beach on the west coast. Among the handful of inns here, Cabañas Agua Dulce has one of the...

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The best approach to shopping on Isla de Providencia? Probably to wait until the next stop on your itinerary, unless you're running short of essentials like sunscreen. That said, Frenchy's Place, just north of Southwest Bay, does sell souvenirs...

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The shopping options on Isla de Providencia are fairly limited, but if you're determined to bring home a souvenir of your time on the island, Santa Isabel is the best place to look. The dive shops offer a modest selection of T-shirts and...