If we could choose any of the Caribbean islands to represent the true image of pirates, tropical bays and pristine waters, it would be Providencia, owned by Colombia but closer to Nicaragua in proximity. We stopped over on our way to Panama and we were delighted that we did. This beautiful island has the charm of the Colombian people inviting you to take a journey back through time where the battles of roguish pirates played out. The typography was just like a movie or a board game.
Not only were we grateful to have refuge from the rough conditions where we were knocked down a few times on our way from Jamaica, but we were delighted with the treasures this island beheld.
We treated ourselves to a rent a car which was more like a golf buggy and toured the small island in detail. We found small bars and restaurants lining the western and southern end of the island where we had lunch and hung out for a while. When ordering three Pina Coladas the barman wordlessly reached for a big machete, looked at me and rolled his eyes. Fear and confusion
must have been written all over my face as he stepped through the back door and disappeared into the coconut grove. He returned sometime later laden with the fruits of his labour. Very authentically served in freshly cut coconuts.
Thomas and Dagmar were keen to try a fish restaurant that we’d been recommended and that’s where we had lunch. For fifteen dollars the two shared a plate of seafood. I had rice and salad.
While we were in Providencia, we got to meet other cruisers and had a lovely gathering on a dock on the island of Santa Catalina. We walked the hill to Morgan’s Head, that actually looks like a head where we later snorkelled. We found coconuts along the way and my Coconut Mon sliced them open back at the boat. Delicious.
This island was a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend a visit here. The people are friendly and it is obvious that they love their island as you see their crazy sea themed sculptures everywhere. Giant Manta ray bus stops, crabs and turtle sculptures and many more are all over the island. We were well looked after by our agent Mr Bush and his assistant. My computer geek and the assistant shared a passion and many files and programs were exchanged. Another cruiser also shared many cruising guides and information for our future travels. It was a fruitful stopover.
We are now in Panama in the beautiful bay of Portebello. A fruit van was announcing his wares over a loud speaker and Thomas and I headed on shore. After choosing lovely fresh fruit and vegetables we were surprised at how in-expensive they were. Being in a mainland country also has its
benefits. More pics…Don’t stop…