San Andrés, San Andrés y Providencia

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San Andrés
City and municipality
Typical San Andrés house
Casa Isleña Museum
Pedestrian Streets
San Andres beaches
San Luis Church
San Andrés Island.
View of San Andrés Beach
Maps of the islands of San Andrés and Providencia
Maps of the islands of San Andrés and Providencia
San Andrés is located in Colombia
San Andrés
San Andrés
Location of San Andrés in Colombia
Coordinates: 12°35′5″N 81°42′2″W / 12.58472°N 81.70056°W / 12.58472; -81.70056Coordinates: 12°35′5″N 81°42′2″W / 12.58472°N 81.70056°W / 12.58472; -81.70056
Country Colombia
DepartmentSan Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina
 • Total26 km2 (10 sq mi)
 • Total55,426[1]
 • Languages spoken
Creole, English, Spanish
 • Ethnic groups
20% Raizals and 80% mainland Colombians
Time zoneUTC-05 (Eastern Time Zone)

San Andrés (Spanish pronunciation: [ˌsan anˈdɾes]) is the capital city of the department of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, in Colombia. As of 2005 its population was of 55,426.[1]


It is situated at the north end of San Andrés Island, on the Caribbean Sea. The population is considered to be about 20% Raizals and 80% mainland Colombians. The economy is mainly sustained by tourism and commercial fishing. Once a duty-free port, it still has a relatively vigorous shopping district selling various consumer goods at bargain prices, including Colombian gold and emerald jewellery, leather goods and other distinctively Colombian wares.

San Andres has become such a byword for bargain shopping in Colombia that many towns and cities have a bargain shopping area known as a San Andresito ("little San Andres").

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ a b (in Spanish) "Census 2005 - San Andrés" (PDF). (DANE)

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