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Overcrowded Johnny Cay-most popular San Andres excursion

The sunshine and tropical waters paint an inviting picture for Johnny Cay but the crowds made it anything but relaxing

The sunshine and tropical waters paint an inviting picture for Johnny Cay but the crowds made it anything but relaxing

Beautiful island is just overwhelmed by too many tourists; the few quality attractions on the island are small and can't physically handle the numbers wanting to visit

Beautiful island is just overwhelmed by too many tourists; the few quality attractions on the island are small and can't physically handle the numbers wanting to visit

Large iguanas call Johnny Cay home; March is the driest month of the year here; the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island was 65 degrees

Large iguanas call Johnny Cay home; March is the driest month of the year here; the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island was 65 degrees

Johnny Cay is across from the main city on the island of San Andres as well as the airport; official languages here are Spanish, Creole and English

Johnny Cay is across from the main city on the island of San Andres as well as the airport; official languages here are Spanish, Creole and English

Johnny Cay is also called Islote Sucre, island of sugar because of its white sand beaches; the challenge was finding space on the white sand to put your beach towel

Johnny Cay is also called Islote Sucre, island of sugar because of its white sand beaches; the challenge was finding space on the white sand to put your beach towel

By venturing far away from the designated swimming area you could find a few coral species that had not been destroyed by tourists

By venturing far away from the designated swimming area you could find a few coral species that had not been destroyed by tourists

Our tour was completely in Spanish; we were the only non-Spanish speakers I saw all day; food on island was expensive and not very good

Our tour was completely in Spanish; we were the only non-Spanish speakers I saw all day; food on island was expensive and not very good

It only takes 15 minutes to walk around the island (slowly); Colombian tourism websites and guide books make the cay sound like a tropical paradise

It only takes 15 minutes to walk around the island (slowly); Colombian tourism websites and guide books make the cay sound like a tropical paradise

Our cost to visit Johnny Cay along with the Acuario/Haynes Cay was $12 each; lots of places to eat, drink and buy souvenirs on the island

Our cost to visit Johnny Cay along with the Acuario/Haynes Cay was $12 each; lots of places to eat, drink and buy souvenirs on the island

Johnny Cay was temporarily closed last year due to ecological damage; another cay further away remains closed; just too many tourists for such tiny islets

Johnny Cay was temporarily closed last year due to ecological damage; another cay further away remains closed; just too many tourists for such tiny islets

The most popular local drink is the coco loco; it's rum, vodka, tequila, coconut cream, coconut water and lime juice served in a coconut

The most popular local drink is the coco loco; it's rum, vodka, tequila, coconut cream, coconut water and lime juice served in a coconut

A couple of banded butterflyfish; visibility was great but there were very few fish to see

A couple of banded butterflyfish; visibility was great but there were very few fish to see

The sun was intense so Lee and I wore shirts all day, including in the water; saw two large Napoleon wrasse but too far away to photograph

The sun was intense so Lee and I wore shirts all day, including in the water; saw two large Napoleon wrasse but too far away to photograph

Johnny Cay (Islota Sucre) lies 1.5 km offshore from the main beach of San Andres; supposedly the number of daily tourists is capped at 1600 but I think that is ignored

Johnny Cay (Islota Sucre) lies 1.5 km offshore from the main beach of San Andres; supposedly the number of daily tourists is capped at 1600 but I think that is ignored

This scene made me think of the overloaded migrant boats heading to Europe or leaving Cuba; they did hand out life jackets to us though

This scene made me think of the overloaded migrant boats heading to Europe or leaving Cuba; they did hand out life jackets to us though

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