Sailing from Jamaica to Providencia

Wild seas on our passage from Jamaica made this land fall a relief for all of us on board. The boat had been knocked about and so had Dagmar, Thomas’ sister as she joined us for her first sea passage in quite a number of years.

This colourful mosaic welcoming guests to their main town reflects the island's sordid past

This colourful mosaic welcoming guests to their main town reflects the island’s sordid past

If ever there was a ‘Treasure Island’ it is this one. The outline of the island looks just like a 3D pirate board game.

Arriving in this lovely calm bay was a relief to us all

Arriving in this lovely calm bay was a relief to us all

A short journey around the island  – there are no cars, just buggies, takes you on a journey through pirate bays and reef protected beaches.

There are plentiful walks where pirate caves and bays can be explored.

Morgan's Head, supposedly a replica of Captain Morgan the pirate's head. It actually looks like a pirate with a beard from certain angles - just maybe not this one

Morgan’s Head, supposedly a replica of Captain Morgan the pirate’s head. It actually looks like a pirate with a beard from certain angles – just maybe not this one

The locals are extremely inviting and kind. We have found Colombians  to be very generous and welcoming people in the long run. You will enjoy their hospitality.

Fresh fruit is a bit scarce on the island so we took to searching for coconuts on the beaches.

The weather is perfect for exploring in this open aired buggy

The weather is perfect for exploring in this open aired buggy

We found a fun bar and when I ordered all of us a pina colada the barman walked outside away from me. I wondered what I had done. He returned with three green coconuts to fill our order. It was a relaxed atmosphere where people actually came up to you to get to know you.abeachbaralazybar

This guy had a machete as a bar tool

This guy had a machete as a bar tool

You may find it hard to find a boat sailing to Providencia but you pick one up in Panama that sails through the San Blas islands to Cartagena, Colombia.