Theme Week Colombia – San Andrés Island

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage
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San Andrés is a coral island in the Caribbean Sea. Politically part of Colombia, and historically tied to the United Kingdom, San Andrés and the nearby islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina form the department of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. San Andrés, in the southern group of islands, is the largest of Colombia. The official languages of the department are Spanish, English, and San Andrés–Providencia Creole.

While San Andrés is located 50 km (31 mi) south of Providence, the Colombian archipelago is approximately 750 km (470 mi) north of the Colombian mainland. This archipelago encompasses a total area of 57 km² (22 sq mi), including the outer cays, reefs, atolls and sand banks, with the area of the islands being 45 km² (17 sq mi). In 2000, it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, named “Seaflower Biosphere Reserve”, which not only includes the islands but also about 10% of the Caribbean Sea, amounting to a vast marine area of 300,000 km² (120,000 sq mi). The purpose of this declaration is to ensure that the ecosystem, which is rich in biodiversity, is well preserved and conserved.

The department’s capital is located on the northern end of the island. Named San Andrés but nicknamed El Centro, it is the department’s main urban center. Along the 30 km (19 mi) road that circles the island there are many picturesque beaches, coral reefs, cays, blowholes, and coves. Also of note are La Loma, the town of San Andrés, the Baptist Church, Seaquarium, the large pond of La Laguna, and a freshwater lake amidst mangrove forest. There are coconut palm plantations, lush pastures, and tall native trees reaching 20 meters (66 ft). Surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea, all of these features have made the island an “exotic holiday destination”.

© flickr.com - Rockfan/cc-by-2.0 Typical construction in the region © flickr.com - Iván Erre Jota/cc-by-sa-2.0 © Mr.Jhosimar/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Remux/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Remux/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Mr.Jhosimar/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Leviathan7/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Typical construction in the region © flickr.com - Iván Erre Jota/cc-by-sa-2.0
Among the tourist attractions of the island are:

  • North End, is known locally as the center of San Andrés, which concentrates the hotel zone, commercial, banking and government.
  • Islander House Museum (Casa Museo isleña), which was created by the natives in order to acquaint visitors with the culture and customs of the inhabitants.
  • La Loma, a town inhabited almost entirely by natives of the island and one of the best places to appreciate the traditional island architecture.
  • The Cayo Santander (or Coton Cay), which is located opposite the pier and close to the coast of the Bay of San Andrés, its name comes from the English settlers there deposited cotton crops and coconut.
  • The Cliff or Peñon, limestone formation surrounding the airport, which is a rocky cliff about 30 meters high above the airport.
  • Cocoplumbay, a beach located in the town of Saint Louis, right in front of Cayo Rocoso, because of its shallow depth, with its white sand and blue green sea, is a favorite spot for tourists.
  • La Piscinita, natural formation that built the sea in the coral rock that surrounds the island.
  • Rocky Cay Beach, on the North side of the Island.

The economy of the island, which was largely dependent on fishery resources and meager agricultural production, underwent a change with the opening of air services from Colombia, followed by a 1954 declaration of the island as a duty-free zone. This brought about a large influx of tourists to the island apart from immigrants from the mainland. The majority of foreigners to immigrate to the island were Lebanese and who continue to dominate the local economy till today. This also resulted in the local government imposing restrictions in the 1990s to control the influx of people from the mainland, with the intent to preserve local culture. However, there are no industries on the island.

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