Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, Providencia was booming. It had a brief chapter as an English Puritan settlement, and while Spain first conquered the island in 1641, it was still intermittently used as a base for various English privateers, most famously Henry Morgan. Spain, and later Colombia, never made much effort to impose their culture on this remote outpost, and even today English creole is heard more commonly than Spanish.
Many locals believe that Henry Morgan left buried treasure on the island. That may or may not be true, but Providencia’s natural riches—stunning beaches and marine life—are undeniable.