Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is the third, not-as-talked-about, smallest island in the archipelago of San Andres and Providencia. It is only accessible from Providencia via adorable footbridge for the Old Town, or boat. Santa Catalina boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving the islands have to offer.

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“Lover’s Bridge”: The adorable floating footbridge that links Providencia and Santa Catalina

Besides snorkeling and diving, people come here to visit Morgan’s head, a huge rock carved by wind and water that looks like a human head when seen from the sea. Named after the famous pirate Henry Morgan who sailed these Caribbean waters in the 17th century, it is the icon of Santa Catalina Island.

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It’s hard to see the “head” reference from land.

Although it is tiny (only 1 square mile total!), Santa Catalina is where most of the historical events of this archipelago took place. You can visit forts and canons where pirates stood their claim for this land centuries ago.  There are no roads, only walking paths. There is one shop and a couple of restaurants. You won’t be staying on Santa Catalina but definitely spend a day checking it out and completing your tour of the archipelago.

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Providencia from San Andres

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