The South American country of Colombia is often highlighted because of its colorful society and culture; in the United States there is a common association of the country with cocaine. However, Colombia has a vibrant population, growing economy, and influential culture. The area of the country that rests on the coast of the Caribbean Sea consists of eight departments and an assumed capital – the city of Barranquilla. Particularly, off the northern coast of the country, lies the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, + Santa Catalina.
Of the three islands, San Andrés is the larger and more popular tourist spot, where it offers some of the best diving sites and lively beaches. The other two islands are quieter, more off the grid locations that are the perfect place to mellow out and relax. Providencia + Santa Catalina have a rich history and a plethora of wildlife + breathtaking sceneries.
Providencia, or Old Providence as the locals call it, was home to English settlers who fought against the Spanish Armada during the 17th century. It is believed that Captain Henry Morgan organized raids against the Spaniards on the island. Thus, there are two rock formations that pay tribute to him. Currently, the island is home to approximately 5,000 islanders who speak Creole English, which is still considered the dominant language. Providencia is connected to its smaller sister island – Santa Catalina – by a 100-meter long footbridge, known as Lover’s Bridge.
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