Colombia is the only country in South America to have coastlines in both the Pacific
. In addition to these coastlines, Colombia also has a number of islands and atolls in the Caribbean Sea called the Archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, or colloquially San Andres y Providencia
which is located 480 miles (720 km) northwest from the Colombian Caribbean Coast.
The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina is identified by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve , It is made up of the islands of San Andres, Providence and St. Catherine, Bolivar and Albuqueque islets, Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Serrana, Serranilla, Quitasueno, Rocky, and Crab cays, and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks. These islands are also located within the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which is the second largest reef system on earth.
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