Why visit Providencia, the last Caribbean island you’ve never heard of
What to do
There is only one road that circles the island and few cars, so the first activity on your list should be renting a golf cart. Move around to familiarize yourself with the small island, passing all the scenic spots, beaches and restaurants; be sure to park your cart near the Lovers Bridge to cross over to Santa Catalina. Of course, the island’s initial appeal is its raw, natural beauty, which can be explored in different ways with outdoor activities like hiking Lazy Hill or El Pico, the highest mountain on the island.
Divers are especially fond of it, as Providencia has some of the best diving on the Colombian coast – their barrier reef is the third largest coral reef in the world. And if you are looking for unspoiled and uncrowded beaches, great! Because that’s what you will get in Providencia. South West Bay, the island’s largest beach, is lined with local seaside restaurants; Manzanillo is more popular but slightly rough around the edges.
There are also smaller, quieter beaches like Almond Bay, Bahía Agua Dulce, and Fort Bay, all of which are accessible by road or sea and are worth a visit. A boat trip is imperative, as it is the best way to see the colors of the sea and admire a view of the island from afar. Make sure to visit the famous Crab Cay, as well as Tres Hermanos Keys and Morgan’s Head in Santa Catalina, for snorkeling. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Providencia on a Saturday, head to South West Bay to witness the highly anticipated horse racing on the beach. Even if only one horse shows up for the race, don’t be discouraged, even the horses are on island time.