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Colombia's Secret Caribbean Island As ISLANDS contributing editor Bernadette Bernon writes, "Other than Colombian cognoscenti and cruising sailors like my husband, Douglas, and me, few people know about Providencia, located 110 miles off the coast of Nicaragua. In 2000, UNESCO declared the dazzling Colombian destination part of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. We stopped for a boat repair and ended up staying five weeks."

During Bernadette's stay, which she wrote about in a "Secret Islands" feature for ISLANDS, she relaxed in the quiet of Providencia. She read books, queued up for apple tart at the one bakery in the one town, and watched an army of black crabs climb from the beach under protection of the Colombian army. Read the full story.