A friend and I chose to go to the Akwadup Lodge as opposed to the more touristy Western part of Panama. We cared less about hanging out on the beach and being with other tourists and more about seeing the local Guna culture, an indigenous group. With that said, the beach alongside the hotel really isn't for swimming. It's too rocky with some trash. There is the potential for snorkeling, but it's not even that spectacular. What I will say, is that this is worth it to see a different culture and to eat fresh seafood (shrimp, octopus, king crab) by a hotel run by wonderful people. The cabins are on the water with hammocks in the back. The staff ensure there is bug-repelling incense burning at night and misquito nets. Please note that the airport strip is full of little biting bugs so definitely bring the bug spray.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you want the ocean breeze in a welcoming place, far away from your city and life’s stress, let me help,I would like to tell you about a special place in central America, off the Caribbean coast of Panama.we belong to the Kuna indigenous people and are the owners of two palm fringed eco-tourist lodges on islands in Kuna Yala, meaning Kuna territory (also known as the san Blas Islands). The names of these highly regarded resorts are UAGUINEGA (winner of an International Business award) and AKWADUP, they are on small coral reefs close to the island of Achutupu which has one of the most traditional Kuna cultures, little changed over the centuries. Our guided tours will take you to watch the native women making their world renowned molas; at your selection you may wish to take a trip up river into the rainforest. Enjoy the snorkelling, swimming, or just relax in a palm shaded hammock. At night under the moon and shining stars.We are waiting to greet you. The Kuna dance, culture, stories and enjoyable,unique experience are sure to stay in your memory. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Akwadup Hotel San Blas Islands