Both of them are easy to enter.
Contrary to the cruising guides
, you can enter San Andreas in the dark as it is well buoyed (more buoys than show on the charts), but the harbor is tight for anchoring
and has some really shallow spots so you might want to creep in there. There is a reason for those open spots in the harbor, but you should be able to anchor
at the periphery. The agents will find you and offer to help with check in. Your choice if you use them. This is the better island for fuel
Providencia is a well protected harbor and could be made at night or in bad weather
if the entrance is not breaking. The clarity of the water
will spook you into thinking you are in 3 feet of water
, but believe your instruments. The harbor is a bit shallow (a lot of it is 6' and sand bottom) but charted correctly. I am guessing that Mr. Bush is still there as an agent and is worth using IMHO as he knows everyone and can find everything for you--just watch his boatman when he comes to you: my boat
still has a gash from the nails in the bow of his shore boat
. Suggest you hire a cab for a tour of the island while you are there.
These islands are great stops. Providencia is the more natural area, but San Andreas has more restaurants and development. Both are major tourist destinations for Columbians.