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Providencia: the highlight of
the Caribbean side of Colombia

Written by Renato Matiolli

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After Jamaica we needed an incredible place with amazing people. Luckily Providencia was exactly what we were looking for. Colombians are amazing and the island is beautiful above and underwater. We rented a scooter to go around, we snorkeled and dove the reefs, Feijão ventured himself for solo swimming classes, and to top it all we had lots of Colombian food!

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It was an easy ride between Jamaica and Colombia. We had to motor our way out of Jamaica for almost half a day but then we managed to sail almost the entire journey.

During the crossing we got a hitchhiker on our solar panels for a whole day. To be honest the smart ass was very friendly! Clumsy Feijão was very curious about his new friend and was more scared of him than vice versa. The only moment they really got close was when we gave food to the solo traveler, which he wouldn’t eat; and Feijão, didn’t let it goes to waste, the chubby thing went really close to snatch it.

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Once again as we were arriving the most amazing pod of dolphins came to greet us. There were hundreds of them, they came really close to the boat this time and rode with us until we got very close to Providencia.

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They were not the only mammals we spotted during the crossing. A series of whales were also following the same route as we were. They travel really slowly and we would spot them on the far every now and then.

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Once we got to Providencia, we realized that sailing around and anchoring in different places is quite bureaucratic. We decided to explore the beaches with a scooter. To be honest it was lots of fun. Things there are old school and no helmets are available or needed with the rental.

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There are a handful of amazing beaches to be explored around the island and we couldn’t decide our favorite. Some are windier and perfect to kiting, others more protected and better to eat and enjoy the sunset.

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Since it was hard to move the boat, to explore the diving and the snorkeling we used the dinghy. Not a problem! We found some amazing places with it. I had never seen reef formations like these. They started on beautiful white sand bottoms and rise straight up to 6-7 meters almost touching the surface. It is virtually impossible to navigate with the boat, but great for snorkeling and diving.

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The coolest thing that happened here in Providencia was that Feijão started to do solo swimming classes. We went for a long hike with him, at the end he was so tired and hot that he saw a boat and decided that it was his boat, so he jumped into the water and to our surprise started to swim towards the huge thing. This is the first time he ever went into deeper water without us pushing him. So adorable!

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We had to go for a swim to rescue and bring him back. The chubby clumsy beast was exhausted and continued to claim every boat in front of him as his new private property.

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Well, we loved Providencia, but we need to keep going south to Panama to stay away from the hurricane belt. We can’t wait to get to San Blas. These islands are not only probably the most beautiful place where we have ever been, but also where it all began a bit less than two years ago. In mid 2014 we went to visit our friends at the BayDreamer (colocar link pro site deles) whilst they were sailing around San Blas and it was than that we decided we wanted to be like them and live this life. Shortly after our trip we bought our beloved Ipanema, quit our jobs and followed our dream!

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