8 interesting facts about San Andrés: Did you know…

that the sea in this corner is called „the sea of the seven colors“? It’s due to about 85 species of corals living there.

that you have to pay 100,000 pesos (35 USD) to get on the island? It’s a fee every tourist has to pay in order to maintain the island.

that people from the island speak Creole? A creole language is a stable natural language developed from a mixture of different languages, such as English, French, and other languages. A creole language is a complete language, used in a community and acquired by children as their native language. It is a spoken and not a written language. It was developed back in the era of slavery when English men brought slaves on the island. Slaves then came up with their own language in order to communicate only amongst themselves.

that there are 3 official languages? Creole, Spanish, and English

that the first appearance of San Andrés on Spanish maps was in 1527?

that Pirates operated from here, including Welsh privateer Sir Henry Morgan, who used it in 1670 as one of the centers of his operations?

Henry Morgan, San Andres

that in 2000, the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina became a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve?

that San Andrés island has been a smuggling hub for centuries? Today, these highly strategic islands remain a favorite stopover point for organized crime.


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