Solo Female Travel in Providencia

Located roughly 800 kilometers off the coast of Colombia in the Caribbean, Providencia is a hidden gem boasting of untouched beauty and preserving the charismatic old-world Caribbean charm. The island is celebrated for its vibrant coral reefs, cited as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which offer an alluring hotspot for snorkeling and scuba diving. It's also famous for its stunning beaches such as the Manzanillo and South West Bay, and the captivating McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. The island's culture is deeply rooted in African and British traditions, which reflects vibrantly in its music, cuisine, and the Creole-speaking locals, offering tourists a rich and unique cultural experience.

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Providencia is a relatively safe island in Colombia given its serene atmosphere, less crowded areas and friendly locals. However, like any other travel destination, it is recommended to take common safety measures such as not wandering alone at night in desolate areas, safeguarding personal belongings, and avoiding suspicious activities. Local authorities are supportive and generally, the inhabitants are protective towards tourists.


Providencia is a smaller, less touristy area, which can make navigation a bit challenging. There is a lack of clear signage and public transportation isn't as robust or frequent as in the more developed cities. However, locals are usually friendly and willing to help. If you're comfortable with some uncertainty and are ready to ask for directions when needed, you should manage fine.

Things to do:Interesting

Providencia is an ideal destination, especially if you're after a more tranquil, less touristy location. The island is surrounded by a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, which is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers and scuba divers. Old Providence McBean Lagoon National Natural Park is a natural spectacle not to miss for bird watching and snorkeling. You can also visit the Morgan's Head, a natural rock formation on southwest Santa Catalina. If history piques your interest, don't forget to visit Santa Isabel or downtown Providencia. The local music and food are also worth a try. Despite the lack of the hustle and bustle of city life, Providencia offers ample opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

Food:Above average

The food in Providencia is generally excellent, with a wide range of local and international dishes available. Fresh seafood is a specialty, thanks to the island's location. From traditional Colombian dishes to Caribbean flavors with a twist, the culinary diversity here is impressive. Whether you're craving arepas, freshly caught fish, or tropical fruits, you're in for a treat. Vegetarians might find options somewhat limited. Do try the local coconut-infused dishes.


Providencia is a fairly budget-friendly destination, especially if you prioritize experiences over luxury. The major expense would be activities but accommodation, food, local transportation are quite reasonable. Moreover, if you plan and book in advance you can score some excellent deals.

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This is a very safe part of the world in terms and of crime, to the extent that people were comfortable leaving their iPhones on a sunbed and going for a swim or wandering off for half an hour. Everyone on the island knows everyone, it has a beautiful small community vibe. The local men are genuinely very friendly to all visitors but often try their luck with solo female travellers and on more than one occasion would try to put their arm around me or another female. Just be quite direct saying no otherwise they will continue trying to sweet talk you which gets annoying and uncomfortable. The island is without doubt the most beautiful place I have ever been to in my life, absolutely worth the bumpy catamaran trip from San Andres. Incredible snorkelling and diving and relaxed vibes all round. Food and drink were great (try the coco locos!) on South West beach which has beautiful sunsets too. I stayed at Posada Miss Portia which I would highly recommend

Posted: February 3, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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