Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Old Providence McBean Lagoon


To protect the unique marine life here, a 10-sq-km nature reserve in the island's northeast was established in 1995. About 10% of the park's area covers a coastal mangrove system east of the airport; the remaining 905 hectares cover an offshore belt including the islets of Cayo Cangrejo and Cayo Tres Hermanos. An 800m-long ecopath helps you identify different species of mangroves and the fauna that inhabit them.

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1. Cayo Cangrejo

0.73 MILES

Cayo Cangrejo, a small island that's part of Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon, rises sharply and dramatically off the coast. There's…

2. Museo de Historía y Antigüedades

1.23 MILES

Housed in a former church on the main road just outside Santa Isabel, this sweet little museum tells the fascinating history of Providencia through…

3. Santa Isabel

1.35 MILES

Strangely, Santa Isabel doesn't see much tourism, despite its gorgeous location in a picturesque bay attached by a pontoon bridge to the little island of…

4. Santa Catalina


Some tiny, deserted beaches exist on the island of Santa Catalina. It's worth a look if only to see Morgan's Head, a rocky cliff in the shape of a human…

5. El Pico Natural Regional Park

1.99 MILES

Don't miss a trip to El Pico Natural Regional Park for outstanding 360-degree views of the Caribbean from El Pico mountain (360m). The most popular trail…

6. Almond Bay

2.34 MILES

A relatively little-known beach a five-minute walk downhill from the main island road, tiny Almond Bay has lovely white sand, calm clear water and very…

7. Bahía Aguadulce

3.16 MILES

This sleepy hamlet offers peace, quiet and a charming sandy beach. There are more than a dozen places to stay here, many right on the beach, and also a…

8. Lighthouse

3.51 MILES

With a great lookout to the sea, this community-run arts space serves as a small educational center, gallery, cafe and hangout. It shows documentaries on…