San Andrés, San Andrés y Providencia
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City and municipality
San Andrés Island.
View of San Andrés Beach
Maps of the islands of San Andrés and Providencia
|Department||San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina|
|• Total||26 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|• Languages spoken||Creole, English, Spanish|
|• Ethnic groups||20% Raizals and 80% mainland Colombians|
|Time zone||UTC-05 (Eastern Time Zone)|
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").
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