San Andres is a Colombian coral island located in the Caribbean Sea. The island covers a total area of approx 26 km2 (10 ml2) and has a population of around 67,900 people (2007 census).
- Historically tied to the UK, and politically part of Colombia, the island of San Andres and nearby islands of Santa Catalina and Providencia and form the San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina department. San Andres, in the southern islands' group, is the biggest of the department. Official languages of the department include Creole, English and Spanish.
- While San Andres is located 50 km (31 ml) south of Providencia, Colombian archipelago is approx 750 km (470 ml) north of Colombian mainland. The archipelago encompasses an area of 57 km2 (22 ml2), including outer cays, atolls, reefs and sand banks, with the area of islands being 45 km2 (17 ml2). In 2000, San Andres was declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, “Seaflower Biosphere Reserve”, not only including the islands but also around 10% of Caribbean Sea, amounting to vast marine area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 ml2). The purpose of the declaration is to ensure that this ecosystem, rich in biodiversity, is well conserved.
- The capital of the department is located on the island's northern end. Named San Andres and nicknamed El Centro, it's the main urban center of the department. Along the 30 km (19 ml) road which circles the island there are picturesque beaches, cays, coves, coral reefs and geysers. Also of note are the town of San Andres, the Baptist Church, La Loma, Seaquarium, the pond of La Laguna, as well as a freshwater lake amidst the mangrove forests. There are also lush pastures, coconut palm plantations, and tall native trees that reach 20 m (66 ft). Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, all of the features have made San Andres Island an "exotic holiday destination".
- San Andres Island attracts a large number of visitors with its many places of interest. The major ones include: La Loma (with a Baptist Church), the Pond, the geyser at Hoyo Soplador, snorkeling site at La Piscinita, beaches of San Luis, Morgan's Cave, coral islet of Johnny Cay, Haynes Cay, West View and Acuaro known for its diving center. The cay in San Andres Bay is popular as the most visited site in the Archipelago. "The cove" (El Cove) provides the deepest anchorage facilities.
- With the establishment of an airport in the northern part of the island, transport services from mainland of Colombia ushered San Andres' economic development, particularly in the town of San Andres. The sea route to visit the island is only by cruise ships (3–4 day trip). There are no passenger services to San Andres, though some cargo ships carry a few passengers.
Highlights: Holiday Resort, diving, beaches & reefs
San Andres Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to San Andres Island Colombia dock (anchor) at San Andres - port town on the northern coast.
The San Andres Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near San Andres Island, Colombia.
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Port San Andres Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from San Andres Island, Colombia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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26 January, 2018