Have fun in San Andres
Dear Travel Diary,
Never let it be ever said that Colombia is not filled to the brim with fricking great activities, amazing sights to be seen, culture to be experienced, history to learn from, and and food to be eaten. NEVER let it be said!!! Because at the end of the day, Colombia has got it all! Now, this post is not intended to be a social studies class on Colombia, but, since you're reading, I'll just give you a brief summary of the country at large before touching on San Andres, Colombia.
- Located in the NW of South America
- With territories in Central America
- It consists of 32 departments
- Capital city - Bogota
- Official language - Spanish(other languages spoken)
- Currency - Peso(COP)
- Drives on the right
- Time zone - UTC/GMT
Thanks to all the comings and goings of the Pirate Morgan from Jamaica to San Andrés, a little taste of the Antillean culture has remained in San Andrés too.
Creole is the language of the streets: a mix of Elizabethan English, Spanish and African dialects, alongside the modern Spanish and English that makes it so easy for islanders to chat to visitors. This blend of cultures has left a mark on their music too, with reggae, reggaeton, raga, soca, calypso, merengue, vallenato and salsa, there’s every kind of music for every kind of dancer.
You can enjoy, a 15-minute boat ride across the tranquil seas of San Andrés, Colombia, an island that’s famous for its beaches and its Coco Locos(see pic): Johnny Cay. The white sandy beaches there embrace verdant palm trees and beneath them lies a refreshing shade where you can nibble on a traditional fried fish with plantain, washed down with a delicious cocktail. The beach is the perfect place to take a stroll around the island and spot the exotic coralline formations that have formed pretty pools of water, reflecting the blue skies and ultimately merging into the sea itself, where San Andrés is best enjoyed. It is a truly a little piece of heaven.
Reggae is the soundtrack of the day (I was so SHOCKED), and the colors that adorn it are those of the Rastafarian flag (seriously, it's like little Jamaica). Stepping onto the dancefloor in Johnny Cay is to be swept up in the swing of music and party alongside islanders who cater to travelers with smiles and jokes. Here palm leaves offer more than shade. They are transformed into hats, baskets and endless handicrafts all woven in front of tourists in San Andrés.
The island is a great destination for ladies because of it's safety as well as it's a very commercial island, and without sounding sexist, there is much duty-free shopping to be had and enjoyed. Some can't miss activities are:
- Spratt Way Footpath (shopping)
- Botanical gardens
- Southwest Bay
- Old Point Mangle Regional Park
- Lover's Bridge
- The Baptist Church
It is a guarantee that once you experience this paradise, you won't want to leave, we certainly did not want to.
Enjoy and have fun!