TOURS IN SAN BLAS ISLANDS OF PANAMA SAILING!!!
"Are you looking to stay in a hotel in San Blas islands Panama? A resort or something like that? We are sorry to disappoint you, but this paradise remains intact and free of mass tourism thanks to the native kunas of San Blas Panama. And even the accommodations that there are more exclusive (the cabins / hotels in San Blas of the Kuna Yala Indians) are very basic and austere as they live... If you still want to travel to San Blas islands and you want us to tell you which is the best option to visit this `temple´ of nature, read on ...!"
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WHY SAN BLAS PANAMA VACATIONS?
Due to the amazing weather in San Blas, its eternal sun, its tiny islands always surrounded by a soft halo of white sand, populated with fresh coconut palms and crystal clear waters that hide suggestive corals and virgin reefs with great biodiversity. The 378 islands form the archipielago San Blas Panama, of which only 49 are currently inhabited and have remained isolated from civilization for centuries. Often the San Blas islands are lonely and only sometimes see a small handful of travelers.
The San Blas islands not only have beautiful postcard beaches, they also embrace a leafy mountain range covered with pure jungle along the terrain, in which it seems that from one moment to another Tarzan will appear hung among thousands of vines!
San Blas islands, also known by the name of Guna Yala, is a place inhabited exclusively by the indigenous Kunas (or Gunas). In addition, you can live on land with them, who live in small straw huts. The native Kuna of Guna Yala have full control of the access of tourists arriving in the San Blas Islands of Panama, and they fight in a disciplined way not to be invaded by the mass tourism industry protecting their healthy and exceptional lands. This makes the San Blas islands of Panama an entire 'Olympus' for those fleeing from conglomerate beaches and seeking privacy on a vacation surrounded by one of the most beautiful places in the world. A complete and original culture in one of the most exceptional locations on the planet.
SAN BLAS ISLANDS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT...?
The indigenous people of Kuna Yala are traditionally fishermen (the Guna themselves have specialized in fishing with free diving, that is, in the traditional way). They are hunters, coconut pickers, producers and artisans of "molas" and gold, which caused the arrival of the Spanish, and constant confrontations in the colonial era. In 2008 they opened the only land access to San Blas from Panama City, facilitating the entrance to tourists and giving opportunity to contemplate its beauty and culture. In the San Blas Panamá you will not find cars, so there is no noise... There are no restaurants, only some huts / hotels in San Blas Panamá run by the kunas themselves that provide typical meals for everybody .
These huts / hotels, are built with the materials that nature itself gives to the kunas in San Blas islands (reeds and wooden planks for the walls, dried palm leaves for the roofs, and yet a regular use of the sheet metal). There are no toilets or private bathrooms, most have hammocks to sleep in instead of beds and the floor of the rooms are covered with the same sand of the island itself. No air conditioning, TV, and very little internet. There is no hot water, and in some cases neither electricity. Until a few years ago only truly adventurous tourists came to San Blas Panama. In fact you will not find jet skis or paragliders, scuba diving is prohibited, but snorkeling, canoeing, visiting sunken boats, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing are allowed, which makes staying on a sailboat in San Blas Panama, to be the best option to explore this paradise!
In some of the inhabited islands, travelers must to pay a small visit fee, and the two biggest etiquette rules to respect are: not to go top-less and not take photos of the local people without first asking permission. Most kunas will require a small fee of about USD $3 to take a picture. However, if you buy some crafts as a souvenir, you may not be charged the rate. The kunas are aware of the exotic fascination that their image and their lifestyle that they have managed to preserve, arouse among tourists. They wear picturesque and colorful traditional dresses (they are still adorned with the usual clothing of their culture, such as vibrant and geometric beads that zigzag from the ankles to the knees, and from the wrists to the elbows) and then there are the Molas that are handwoven fabrics. Men wear western clothes.
The Kunas have also managed to maintain their language, and San Blas Panama has its own legislation. There is a border that separates them in the panamanian continent, although they still belong to Panamá.
We can not imagine the San Blas islands, Panama without the Kunas, their presence makes this paradise a unique place in the world!
HOW IS TO TRAVEL AND VISIT SAN BLAS PANAMA SAILING
Imagine getting out of bed and the paradise of San Blas islands delights you every morning, with the vision of a moving and always different sunrise. If you feel like it, you can have the breakfast on deck or directly take a dip in the sea, as many dips as you want from your boat. While swimming in its turquoise and blue waters, so transparent that you can see the sea floor at 10 meters, you will see hundreds of starfish, turtles, dolphins, fish of all colors and manta rays... the beach only a few meters from you via snorkeling or paddleboard. Meetings with Kuna friends and direct contact with their culture await you around a bottle of rum at night!
During your tour in San Blas Panama, you can sail and stay and share your boat with more people traveling like you or in an exclusive boat for you and yours. Your hosts will be experienced sailors who love life at sea and are immensely happy to share it with you, opening the doors of their floating homes and at the same time showing you the wonders of nature. The vessel will be your apartment and means of transport. For many cruisers who have already traveled the world, San Blas Panama is often declared as the most beautiful place they have ever seen! In San Blas islands, sailors, even if they don't know each other, don't consider themselves strangers to each other ... we feel part of a fraternity!
As we like to eat healthy, sailors fish or buy fish and seafood directly from the Kunas, so the menu will include fresh fish and seafood even on the barbecue! Maybe we weigh anchor to our next island to eat. These trips sailing San Blas Panama normally will be short, one or two hours long, which we will use to sunbathe, relax on deck and breathe that pure air that only the sea is able to give us. Afterwards, swim, eat or nap ... lying in the sun, to finally perhaps, changing islands for the night. Depending on the point of the map, you can go out to enjoy the local fun, party on board or on the beach with the rest of the crews. Now we can finish a wonderful day to sleep to the gentle motion of the sailboat, feeling the sea breeze on your body every night, and in the most absolute quiet where you will discover that you love nature more than you thought.
Our boats will take you sailing to the most beautiful beaches of San Blas islands Panama and spending the nights in each of them. You can go ashore whenever you want and even reach it while swimming every day while we visit different islands and different cultures. You have the possibility to visit San Blas Panama by sailboat through individual places while occupying your own cabin or renting the entire boat. We can even change the course if we feel like it and stay longer in one place. Together with all these advantages, this option is more practical and economical in value. The best hotel in San Blas in Panama is by sea! A vacation to San Blas Panama will not be complete without a few days sailing!
Our partners with years of experience sailing San Blas Panama, will welcome you in perfectly equipped sailboats and with all kinds of comforts on board to visit and stay in San Blas. Simply let us know your concerns and preferences, and we will gladly help you find the perfect boat to live an unforgettable experience that you will never forget, a dream vacation in San Blas, Panama.
If you are a chaser of beauty in this world, to visit San Blas islands in Panama traveling by sailboat and enjoying its long caribbean beaches overflowing with palm trees with crystal clear waters, is to live a great and magical experience! Come to rest and isolate yourself while living an interior trip in one of the few places in this world where there are no hotel complexes or restaurants and totally free of mass tourism. On the San Blas Islands, one feels nature so much that it will multiply your feelings like never before. Come and see that the sky is not always so high and that it is also worldly. Where the life has a more powerful imagination than your dream vacation, and where you will live unforgettable moments, inexplicable things, and meet incomparable people!
HOW TO GET TO SAN BLAS PANAMA
There are two ways to get to San Blas islands in Panama from Panama City:
1.- AIR: Arriving by plane to San Blas Panama airport (Isla Corazon de Jesus) from Albrook airport (PAC), in Panama City, is the option not only faster and the most practical, but also the most expensive, USD $350,00 per person, round trip. The trip takes just 50 minutes and you avoid the 5 hours of trip that is the option of road access.
2.- ROAD: Arriving in San Blas by 4x4 taxi overland to Cartí (Atlantic coast) takes about 3 hours and then another hour in a Kuna boat to your boat. The price of the taxi + boat is usually around USD $142.00 per person, round trip (prices vary according to number of passengers).
In both cases, to start your vacations in San Blas Panama, a 4X4 taxi will pick you up at the hotel or Tocumen airport in Panama at 5: 30-6: 00 am. In the event that you have chosen the airway, the taxi will leave you at the Albrook airport, and if you have chosen the option by road, it will take you right to the port of Cartí, arriving around 8:30 am. In the port, the taxi driver will take you to the boat that will bring you to your boat.
Once at the port, all tourists must pay a "boarding fee" (USD $2/person), and a one time "entrance fee to San Blas islands or Guna Yala" (USD $20 /person). The transport costs must be paid to the taxi driver, and the fees to the authorities (the Kunas themselves will be in charge of saying where the payment should be made).
We offer our help in the organization for transport from Panama City to your boat in San Blas islands. For more information about how to get to San Blas Panama, do not hesitate to contact us!: email@example.com
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SAN BLAS PANAMA VACATIONS
The San Blas Panama, is the only place in the Caribbean that offers a typically Polynesian landscape and is protected from hurricanes that cross the Caribbean, thanks to the privileged geographical location of the Isthmus of Panama.
Between 3 and 7 days is the recommended time to visit the San Blas Islands Panama, but if you want, you can always make a journey longer or shorter.
The currency of Panama is the US dollar (USD $), and it is recommended to bring cash, since currency exchange is difficult and ATMs are nonexistent in San Blas Panamá.
Vaccines: In principle they are not necessary. You may need to get the yellow fever vaccine, but that will depend on the country from which you are traveling. It is best to consult with the health organization you have in your country.
The climate and weather in San Blas Panama is tropical with temperatures between 28-33ºC (80-90ºF). The sea water temperature around 28ºC (82ºF). The months of January, February and March is the dry season. From April to December there are strong swells but within the archipelago the sea is calm. In June the rainy season begins that lasts until November with torrential rains and flat seas, but in general you can come any time of the year without major problems.
The time zone is GMT-5.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SAN BLAS ISLAND SAILING
The route planned for this trip is not contractual and must be adapted and modified according to weather conditions, sea conditions, wind and safety considerations for the crew and the vessel estimated by the skipper. Conditions of various kinds during the trip, adverse winds, waves and safety concerns of the crew can modify this itinerary without thereby generating the right to claim.
Likewise, it should be noted that the distribution of the cabins is not individual but double, so you would have to pay more for a private cabin for one person. The availability of fresh water on board is not unlimited, and its consumption should be moderated responsibly.
The places will be filled in strict order of reservations. The reservation is understood to be formalized once the corresponding reservation has been made.
People who have previously sailed with us on other occasions will have a 10% discount and if you bring a friend we will also give them a 5% discount.
Questions? Send it to us by mail to or at +34 6188.8.131.52
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