Isla de Providencia
Isla de Providencia – Where Even The Gods Go To Vacation
This magical and beautiful spot is located in the South Caribbean off the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. 7 km long and 4 km wide, the island is considerably smaller than its touristy neighbor San Andres, located 90 km to the south. Thanks to its size and the not so simple flight schedules, this paradise island remains absolutely pristine and offers tourist-free beaches of white sand, hilly palm forests and crystal clear water.
Have a look at this video about the Islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, and witness for yourself the fantastic beauty of this paradise.
San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina
Hard to reach and even harder to leave.
Steep, verdant mountains among a turquoise sea. A natural garden where mango, guanábana and tamarindo grow. Spring waters provide the island with a sufficient supply of drinking water. As soon as you see the sea glistening in all its seven shades of blue, the island will cast its spell on you.
Connection from the center at Santa Isabel to the small villages of Pueblo Libre, Pueblo Viejo, San Felipe, Aguadulce, Sur Oeste, Casa Baja, Agua Mansa and La Montaña is accomplished via the sole street that stretches around the island. It takes a good hour to make a tour of the island by bike. There are observation points at the most beautiful stops on the island, where you can rest on a bench and enjoy the island's beauty.
Since there are only 4000 residents on the island and all locals know each other by name, there are no beggars here and no crime. Many locals can take care of themselves without any problems, the community possesses extremely good social and health care network, and all the children go to school, which makes this small community even more stable. The locals will see to it that you always feel as good as possible here as a guest. Stories about past guests who were invited to a dinner by locals are not uncommon. If some children run after you offering a forgotten wallet when you come back from the beach – don't be surprised. You're dealing with exceptionally honest and friendly people.
On the north side of the island is the nature park Isla de Providencia, which covers an area of 995 hectare, 905 of which are in the sea. The park consists of protected coral reefs, mangrove plants and the small coral islands "Tres Hermanos" and "Cayo Cangrejo". UNESCO named this archipelago "Seaflower" because of variety of flora and fauna, ecosystem and beautiful virgin nature in the reserve.
The island was discovered sometime between 1498 – 1502, and since then has been at various times under the control of the Netherlands, Britain, Spain and later even Jamaica. In the middle of the 17th century, the first slaves from Africa were brought to work on tobacco and cotton plantations. For a very long time, both of these crops formed the basis of the economy on the island.