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.