Need a doctor in San Andres, look no further!

One of the most common sickeness travellers get while traveling Colombia is travelers diahrrea, we've seem hundred of cases in the 10 years that we have ran the hostel, most cases are mild and sickness goes away in 2 to 3 days, however sometimes things get out of hand and a mild case could become a case of gastroenteritis.

We have a doctor that we like to call, his name is Gonzalo Martinez, he speaks English does house calls and has a very high work ethic in my opinion. at the time of this writing he charges $170.000 COP for a house call and gives you a receipt so you can claim your money back with your insurance if you have one. Some medicines are included in that price, but if they are not included he'll go with you to the pharmacy and help you buy them (specially restricted antibiotics) He's also one of the doctors that Assist Card, and Visa and Master Card insurance calls, however that takes longer as you have to call your insurance and they will call him after all the due process.

As a piece of advice and I'm sure you have heard these at least once.

  1. DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER anywhere in Colombia, no matter how much someone tell you is safe.
  2. While cooking with tap water, make sure you boil it first. 
  3. Do not eat at sketchy looking food stalls,
  4. Avoid ceviches at the beach stalls. 
  5. Avoid salads and fruits whenever possible, specially in cheap restaurants.
  6. Rinse fruits with bottled water.
  7. Wash hands regularly.

As a personal piece of advice, if you have travelers insurance dont wait until you are really sick to call the doctor, if you know you are getting your money back you might as well get your sickness over with as soon as possible. 

Queridos amigos Argentinos......



Poco o nada entiendo de la economia Argentina, pero por favor no paguen ese 30% de mas que les impuso el gobierno recientemente y utilizen bitcoin para pagar el alojamiento en este hostal!.

Is the Internet fast and/or reliable in San Andres?

With the whole digital nomad craze this questions has started popping a lot lately. The short answer is no!.

At the hostel we currently have 2 different service providers to give our guests redundancy in case one goes down, but sometimes ironically both go down as they use the same provider. The internet problem in the island, as many of the problem in Colombia, has a lot of political connotations, corruption scandals, bad management among many other things.

if you are looking to set up base in San Andres to work online while you travel, you should probably think twice, unless your work is only based on email sending and not full VoIP calls, media uploading and the such.


Blue Almond Hostel Providencia

As of June 2019 we decided to close our hostel in Providencia, although it was very profitable it was a pain in the ass to manage it.

Water shortages, lack of competent staff, whiny guests made us take that desition.

We are eternally greatful to all the people who stayed with us in this 5 years.

We can't pay staff with likes!

Dear travel bloggers, instagrammers and the such, unless you meet our stupidly high criteria we are not interested.

A few reminders

  • Have a Website with an actual domain (the ones that start with "www.")
  • Have over 20.000 unique hits per month. (we have about 11 to 15k unique hits per month by some very strange reason)
  • Be willing to give us access to your analytics (no screenshot, actual view access).

Update May 2019
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Important Information

  • Looking far into the future? Most of our guests are spontaneous travelers, so we only open up availability 1-2 months prior to arrival date.
  • We don't take 1 night bookings (they are not profitable for us) and we ONLY take online reservations.