Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands

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We wanted to leave at first light, to make our way out of the reef strewn harbour of San Andres, but were held up a bit getting the anchor up. We enjoyed our time here on this busy little island, you can see why tourists and travellers from mainland Colombia love it, almost anything is available.

Once outside, in open water we set the windvane steering to handle the approx. 10 hour voyage.

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  The islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina are located 80km northeast of San Andres. Their topography is much more abrupt than San Andres due to its volcanic origin which offers a particular landscape and varied vegetation. Providencia‚Äôs highest point in 360 m above MSL in a place called Peak. Providencia is comprised of cliffs and several cays, such as Crab Cay and Three Brothers Cay.

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   The economic activity of these islands is based on agriculture, fishing, and tourism. The main means of transport for trading is the maritime ways.

   The islands have a reef bar of 32km, which is the longest in Colombia, and the second longest in the Caribbean.

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   Providencia and Santa Catalina are separated from each other by the Canal Aury, and are joined by the Lover Lane {Puente de los Enamorados}, which is a wooden bridge that links both islands.

   These islands are connected by an artificial canal of around 100 m built by pirates to defend the islands in the 17th Century. The remains and the fortifications of the legendary corsairs Morgan and Aury are located in the islands.

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   Approximately 200 yachts anchor on the bay every year, most of them come from Panama and Honduras.

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   Providencia is halfway between Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Grand Cayman.

   One of the main attractions is the migration of the Black Crab { Gecarcinus ruricola,} who migrate between April and June to spawn.

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