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San Andrés and Providencia (in Spanish: San Andrés y Providencia) is one of the departments of Colombia. It consists of an archipelago of islands about 775 km (480 miles) north of Colombia and 220 km (140 miles) from the coast of Nicaragua.
The main language spoken is Spanish, but many speak English as well. The actual natives from the island speak "patua", which is a mix of English, Spanish, and French.
Bus is the main form of transportation on the island. It is cheap and convenient. Most buses connect the main city of San Andres with other parts of the island. Also there are many places to rent everything from cars, to motorcycles, to bikes.
Scuba Diving is amazing here, as is snorkeling. There are many places that offer jet skis, kayaks, wind surfing, kite surfing, horseback riding, submarine tours and many other options. There are also many people that come here mainly for the great duty free shopping and cheaper electronics.
San Andres is very unsafe, at all times of the day. There has been reports of pick pocketing incidents, occuring in the heaiver populated areas. Also murders per captia has risen with the amount of tourist traveling. Stay with a group of people of all times. Use street smarts. Try to stay wth a guide or local that knows the place. (not recommend to travel to unless have too)