Providencia 2nd time
Traveling to Providencia in the Caribbean
Almost exactly 2 years after visiting Providencia for the first time, I set off again to visit this beautiful island again. Of course I was not going on vacation, but to do the usual research. And although the last time I had decided to travel by plane in the future and to take along a female escort, unfortunately, I was only able to comply with the former.
As last time, I stayed at “Brisa del Sur” at Mariela’s place, Located on Southwest Beach. It is only a 10-minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the island. However, I had not thought on arrival that I would only have time to go swimming. On the day of arrival I also received an invitation from the hotel “Deep Blue”, the best hotel on the island. Its standard is very good and the restaurant is built over the water. Located on the northeastern shore, it offers beautiful views across the sea to Cayo Cangrejo, and thanks to its geographical location, a steady breeze is constantly blowing. This not only serves to cool down, but also helps against the very annoying mosquitoes.
The conversation with the tourism director of the island was also very enlightening. To preserve the culture and traditions, various measures have been taken. For example, no more vehicles will be allowed, immigration will be tightly controlled, hotels will not be built for 20 years and operators of accommodation will have to meet a variety of requirements. Non-Islanders are not allowed to do business and this includes hotels. This is problematic, as most hotels urgently need investment. Since hardly anyone invests without exercising control, I am not sure that the goals of quality tourism can be achieved.
On the morning of the fourth day, I got up early to climb the highest mountain on the island. I wanted to take some nice pictures and a little exercise could not hurt either. “The Peak” is given as 4 hours excursion time. At the foot of the mountain, a local guide advertised. When asked if he would be fit and fast, he replied that he was as fast as lightning. Already half way he made then a very unhappy face. After 40 minutes I was already at the top and could enjoy the wonderful view as desired and shoot very nice photos. In addition, the local guide Eusebio, when he finally arrived, still motivated to an interview. In general, I have found that the term speed is defined quite differently on the island than on the mainland.
Back in my accommodation with Mariela I was looking forward to my meal at Southwest Beach. The fresh fish or the big mixed fishplates that are served are phenomenal. You sit on the beach, 5 meters from the waterline with a view over the sea. You can hardly imagine anything more beautiful. In the evening, Mariela’s husband played local music on the accordion.
After 5 days Providencia and just 10 minutes in the water, I was happy after busy days to board the plane back to Bogota. Providencia is definitely an island to spend holidays enjoying the beaches and the sea, the beautiful surroundings and the fresh fish. And again I take the same intentions as 2 years ago. My next vacation I spend here with a pretty girl.
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