An island to fall in love - for couple travelling
20.10.2010 30 °C
Island San Andres is a pearl of the Carribean sea. It belongs to Colombia, but is located in front of Nicaragua. Long time ago this island and nearby islands were a base of the pirates.
In our times, some years ago, this island also had bad reputation, because of the Colombian drug dealers. They lived here in their big houses and used to laundry money. But right now Colombia has a strong police control against drug dealers headed by the president of the country. You will meet a lot of policemen on each corner of the island, so now it looks a very safety place.
All people who live on this island, kids and grown-ups, men and women, boys and girls, love motocycles. Everybody there has a motocycle, and especially in the evening they like to do their rides. So be careful on the roads
Like in every very touristic place people here are trying to sell you something all the time, though we don't think that it is a big problem if you come here with a good mood and relaxed. Such small things like this are not going to spoil your mood, because here you will find one of the most beautiful oceans in the world!
People say that the sea here has 7 different colors, though we counted only 5, from transparent light blue to dark blue. So we hope, that your couple will find 2 missing colors
We decided to stay in downtown to be in the center of the island's life. We chose a small cozy 4-stars hotel "Casablanca" and never regretted.
There are a lot of resorts on the island, for example "Royal Decameron", but as we didn’t have a very nice experience with this resort on our last trip, this time we decided not to test the luck.
"Casablanca" is a charming quiet hotel with a nice pool, huge good bedrooms - excellent for couples who come here to get a piece of romance and enjoy each other. The food in the buffet was also good. And there is a lovely restaurant with romantic landscape where you can have a dinner with your second half.
The beach in front of the hotel is rather small, so we rent a boat and went to see the nearby pirates islands. You will easily find a lot of boat trip offers in your hotel or in downtown. We rent 2 places on a big boat and did a tour with a group of tourists.
Our first stop was the amazing "Acuario". It is a natural aquarium made of coral reef where you can swim with the fishes. From there you can walk (it's not deeply) to the small "Haynes Cay". If you believe the legend, exactly in this place captain Morgan had hidden his treasures, so just imagine what if your couple finds some brilliants and gold? This place is majestic! You can feel yourself so closed to God walking on the water... It’s marvelous! After that amazing experience we went to "Johnny Cay" - another beach of unbelievable beauty with crystal-clear blue water and white soft sand. There we had a carribean lunch, of course with the best piña-colada
Another trip to do in San Andres is to visit Providencia Island, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time. Everybody recommends this trip. It takes 45 minutes by plane or 2 hours by boat to get there, but for sure should be worth of it. If u go, let us know about how it was -
Our rating: hotel 8/10, trip 10/10
PS And a special note for shopaholics. Island San Andres is a great place for shopping, so don’t think that the only thing to enjoy there is a beautiful beach It is a free zone, and you can find expensive merchandises for very good prices, so prepare to be surprised and spend all your money. Watches, bags, liquors, sunglasses, jewelry, perfume, all fancy brands like Bulgari, Tag Hauer, Dior, Gucci and much more.