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Providencia Coastline photo
Providencia Reef photo
Catalina Bay photo
Manzanillo Bay photo
Manzanillo Bay photo
Providencia Reef photo
Tres Hermanos photo
Sunset photo
Providencia Reef photo
Coral colours photo
Coral Colour photo
Providencia Reef photo
Providencia Coastline photo
Manzanillo Bay photo
View of Providencia photo
Manzanillo Bay photo
Manzanillo Bay photo
Crab Key view photo
Providencia Interior photo
Catalina Bay photo
Providencia settlements photo
Providencia Aerial View photo
Providencia Coast  photo
Catalina Bay photo
    

Information

Manzanillo Bay photoProvidencia, Isla de Providencia, or Old Providence is a mountainous Caribbean island. Though it is closer to Nicaragua, it is part of Colombia. It is part of the San Andrés archipelago, lying midway between Costa Rica and Jamaica. Its maximum elevation is 360m above sea level.

The island is a paradise for diving and swimming. There are white sandy beaches, palm trees, colourful coral and fish, and a tropical climate. All this and few tourists make it a great place to get away from it all.

Providencia was the site of an early Puritan colony established in 1629 by the Providence Island Company. The original population consists of Raizals, a Protestant Afro-Caribbean ethnic group, speaking English Creole, although most speak Spanish as well. Spanish-speaking immigrants from Colombia have increased the use of Spanish, although they remain a minority, unlike the significantly more Spanish sister island, San Andres.



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