Providencia is one of the few remaining beautiful Caribbean islands yet to see mass tourism. Here’s my trip report and travel advice following our visit in February 2009.
I spent ages trying to decide where to stay in Providencia - I’ve already been and decided to return for a second visit. However, it was hard deciding where to stay - there just is no great hotel in Providencia (2011 edit - this is no longer true with the recent development of a new small luxury hotel in Providencia). Finally, we took a dive and opted for Posadas Cocobay, which turned out to be a great choice. It’s one of the cheapest hotels on the island, but far better than many of the Decameron affiliated hotels that cost three times the price. A fantastic beautiful and peaceful location was only let down by the need to hire a golf cart each day as there were no decent restaurants nearby the hotel. Still, it was worth it.
Providencia’s beaches were even more beautiful than I had remebered them - it really is a special, untouched Caribbean paradise. Rather than write all my travel tips here, I’ve done an extensive re-writing of PaisaTours’ section on Providencia, which now has just about all the information you’ll need before planning a visit.