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The Hoyo Soplador (which literally can be translated in the blowing eye) is also known as the Blowing Hotel, a natural attraction in the south of San Andrès island... mayeb it's a bit overrated, but it's still a fun sight to see/experience.
The blowing hole is well.. a hole in the ground - connected to the nearby ocean by a rocky tunnel... when the sea is wild, water is channelled through this tunnel pushing some air with it, too... from the hole, ten, a very strong blow of air would come out. if the wave had been really vicious, water would sprout, too, like in a geyser.
If the Hole is blowing when you visit, let your hair down and step on the mat and wait for the blow.... as you can see from my picture below, the blow is really strong. The Hoyo Soplador is located about 300 metres from the Ounta uSur restaurant, at the bottom of the island.
Updated Aug 11, 2008
Museo Casa Isleña is the Island House Museum - or if you prefer THE museum of the island, meaning that there are just no other ones (July 2008). It's about 10 minutes drive from the airport and - as you would guess from the name - it's a traditional Carribean house, both in architecture and in the rooms layout.
The main house, where the family lived, has two flolors, one houses the living quarters, and one the bedrooms. The kitchen and the bathroom are located in two smaller houses in the backyard: also note that men and women/children would take their meals in different places.
There is no public transportation to the museum, located on Av. Circunvalar at Km. 5, so you may have to rent a scooter/gold cart or else take a taxi. Visits to the house are on a guided tour, only... which makes sense or you would really miss most of the details.
Our guide was a lovely young half-rasta half-hippy girl, barefoot, wearing a bikini top and pareo with the colours of the Jamaican flag. She spoke only Spanish - so you may need to be able to understand some. I'm sure that with advance notice they will find you an English-speaking guide easily.
Updated Aug 11, 2008
you must take a short boat trip to the Aquarium.... thats what they call it but its in the middle of the ocean no glass or tours, just you and mother nature waste deep in the middle of the ocean. The fish are all around and it goes on forever. Truely a once in a lifetime event
Written Nov 2, 2007