Playa Paraiso, paradise beach, is a dreamy beach on the south of the island, where you can find two restaurants: restaurant punta paraiso and Donde Francesca. It is a unspoiled beach with very little people and a long stretch of sand.
The best thing about this beach is the lack of people and the proximity of the restaurants. If you have drinks or lunch there, they will keep your belongings safe while you head out to swim. And when it gets too hot you can rest in the shade under the restaurants' roofed balconies.
Address: in the southern portion of the island
Rocky Cay, in my opinion, is the best beach oll over San Andrès. The cay is a small rocky island that you can reach from the beach by wading though shallow waters. Just follow the strip of light green cristal clear water.
Rocky Cay is located north of San Luis, where the Cocoplum Hotel is - do bring your coral shoes here... not for the sea but for stepping onto Rocky Cay. There's some quite good snorkeling spots nearby that you can swim or walk to.
This beach is spectacular but it is not a good beach for swimming... the water is very shallow, occasioally there are deeper natural pools but you can just stand there, not swim. The bay by it has deeper waters, but the sea is often choppy (a kitesurfing paradise, though) and there's quite a bit of undertow.
Directions: before reaching san luis town
It was very easy to catch a bus into town to do some shopping. The shops in town though are very traditional and there was a lot of stuff that we could have gotten at home. There was however the occaisional shop that offered handicrafts or necklaces and other little trinkets. There were also a some lagre duty-free shops for anyone interested in that.
Watch out for mopeds and scooters!!
One of the things we were supposed to visit was Morgan's Cave. In common with other Caribbean islands, these islands were visited often by pirates. Between 1670 and 1689, the English corsair (Henry Morgan) took over the islands and used them as a base of operations and, according to legend, as a hideaway for his much acclaimed treasure.
We decided not to visit here because it was rainy and it didn't look very appealing. There would have been no place to park and we would have had to walk a long ways. It was a very narrow road and hard to turn around.
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The Blow-Hole is the only natural attraction on the island other than the beaches or scenery. It's located at the Southern tip of the island, and is exactly what is sounds like... when the ocean is a little bit rough, you can go and watch as the water goes through a cavern and shoots up into the air, much like a geyser.
We went on a day that was very calm though, so unfortunatly is was just a hole in the ground that day we went, not so spectacular. The rest of the week was very choppy though so it would have been blowing then.
Directions: Southern Tip!
Touring around the island in a rented golf cart seemed like the thing to do while we were there. Our group decided against it however because there was no insurance available, and if something had happened we didn't have money to pay for damages. That said, we are possibly just not big enough risk takers because tons of people seemed to be able to do it without incident. It's a great way to see the island, you just need to watch out for other motorists. I'm not sure I would reccommend doing this from one of the hotels in town or not because traffic seemed quite heavy at times there.
Directions: There was a local who sat out in front of our hotel that had them to rent. She was only there at certain times though so you just have to watch for them I think.Add to your Trip Planner
You can hire abike, it is very cheap and you will not need more than two or three hours to go every where on the island and even hava a swim in La Piscina and go to Morgan's Cave
Address: Frank rent a car Av Diagonal Previsora
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