8 Best Things to do in San Andres Island
With Caribbean vibes, great beaches and super friendly locals, this is one of Colombia's favourite places to visit.
Here are all the things to do in San Andrés so you can make the most of your time on the beautiful island:
1 - The beaches
Since we are on a Caribbean island, it couldn't be any other way.
The beach definitely has to be on your list.
But as all the beaches in San Andres are so beautiful, it's really hard to know where to start.
Here are some of the ones you can't miss:
With our travel agency you can go to all these places.
1.1 - Spratt Bight
This is the main beach of the city.
While it's truly amazing with its white sand and turquoise water, it's usually crowded with tourists and locals.
We recommend visiting early in the morning and then moving on to another beach.
1.2 - Rocky Cay Beach
The beach itself is picture perfect.
There is even a small island about 200 metres from the shore, where the water is so shallow it is possible to walk all the way out.
While you have to watch out for a couple of wrecks that can be jumped or dodged, this is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day.
1.3 - San Luis Beach
Playa San Luis is a little further south than Rocky Caye and is therefore a little quieter.
As soon as you arrive you will be greeted by friendly people who will invite you to use their seats and offer you drinks (but it's not free).
You can find your own spot on the sand and enjoy the waves but be careful as the sea is more open than on the other beaches.
2 - Take the island tour
There are a number of islands surrounding San Andres that are one more beautiful than the other.
Excursions to the islands do not go every day, due to the weather.
The guys at the Blue Almond Hostel can book the excursion for you for about $30,000 Colombian pesos.
Although there are agencies where the price is cheaper, they are also crowded tours and you don't get to enjoy them all.
From San Andres, there are nearby islets also immersed in the famous sea of seven colours.
One of them is Jhonny Kay, one of the typical excursions on the island.
It's just a mile off the north coast of San Andres and is a picture-postcard island, albeit a small one, ideal for a day trip.
The islet emerges in the middle of a natural aquarium where you can snorkel just metres from the white sand and palm trees.
Excursions are in the morning hours (recommended) although they leave at any time of the day from the Casa de la Cultura pier.
Excursions to other nearby islets such as Aquarius Island or Haynes Cay are also available.
Enjoy all these places with our travel agency.
3 - Snorkelling
Like any good Caribbean island, snorkelling is one of the best things to do in San Andrés.
It's best to bring your own snorkel so that, as well as saving money, you'll have 100% availability.
4 - The blow hole
This is one of the most original and weirdest things to do in San Andres.
The blow hole is located on the opposite side of the island to the city centre.
It is practically a hole in the rocks surrounded by a few restaurants and shops.
So it doesn't really look too impressive.
However, walk up to the hole, peek in and wait for the hole to blow thanks to the pressure of the tide.
You can go to see this rare spectacle and continue to see more of the island.
5 - Hire a golf cart and drive around the island.
Everywhere you go, there are people offering these golf buggies and motorbikes for rent.
It's a fun and excellent way to see the whole island in a few hours.
6 - Visit Providencia
Providencia is another favourite place to visit in Colombia.
It is a smaller and quieter island 3 hours from San Andres.
Ideal for total relaxation, stunning beaches and epic diving.
7 - Go out and party
Due to the Caribbean customs partying in San Andres is a lot of fun.
The best places to enjoy the nightlife in San Andres are Kella's bar, the Caribe, the Extasis Club and the Banzai Cocktail Bar and Swell Bar.
Rest in these wonderful places thanks to our travel agency.
8 - Shopping
There are no taxes on the island of San Andrés, so it's much cheaper than on the mainland for things like technology, alcohol and perfume.
There are plenty of duty-free shops in the town centre.
It's not our favourite thing to recommend to travellers, but we couldn't leave it unmentioned.