San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands, Guna Yala Region: Hours, Address, San Blas Islands Reviews: 4.5/5

San Blas Islands
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Silka A
1 contribution
An amazing experience
Sep 2021
My husband and I went for a day tour. we were picked up at 5:30 and arrived at at approximately 7:30. They also have cabanas on the water for overnight stays. It was an amazing adventure. We were picked up at the location where were staying by a very professional driver. I must say the drive was 2 hours and an adventure in it self. The drive was bumpy, but the excitement of where I was going overlooked every bump. The location was picturesque, green and all so natural. The Guna indians live as they always have and conserve their traditions, so do not expect modern comforts. If you want an adventure, this is it. We went to several island, because the islands of San Blas are an archipelago. I don't swim but my husband does, he scuba dived and was amazed by the rife and all the colorful fish he saw. Unfortunately, he did not bring his underwater camera. So pack that firs. I can write a book on our experience, however I can say that its a most go to destination. The staff is absolutely amazing, helpful and knowledgeable.
Written September 9, 2021
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Raleigh, NC46 contributions
Amazing rustic islands
Feb 2020 • Friends
The San Blas Islands are beautiful! The turquoise water, the white sand beaches, the palm trees swaying.... absolutely stunning. Take note though, they are not well developed. This is not problem in my mind as they’re not crowded and it limits trash and noise pollution. But it does mean accommodations are very rustic with bathrooms you’d definitely rather avoid. If beautiful destinations are for you... go! If you are a luxury traveler: avoid!
Written April 11, 2020
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Nino M
Panama Province, Panama2 contributions
Nice experience... but...
Feb 2020 • Friends
The place is beautiful, clear water, but try to go no more than two islands.. it takes too much time from one place to the other and you will stay much of the time traveling on boats, and they are not that comfortable
Written February 11, 2020
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Taki P
London, UK298 contributions
One day trip - too much time getting to/from
Jan 2020
I went there on a day trip from Panama City. I was picked up at 5.15am and we finally got to the port at 9.15am. Onto the boat at 9.30am for a 45 min ride to the first island. 45 minute stop then on the boat to the next island for lunch, stopping for about 20 minutes on a waist deep sandbank to play in the water. After lunch onto the next island for a 40 min stop before arriving back at my hotel at 7.30pm. It is a long day with a lot of travelling. Do not believe the tour operators who say it takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.
The islands themselves are lovely to look at but a bit overrated when you are actually on them. Small sandy beaches and clear water for swimming. There was snorkelling on the second island but no fish.
Personally do not think it was worth the money.
Written February 9, 2020
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Rodney W
Kelowna, Canada13 contributions
The Beautiful San Blas Islands
Jan 2020
We had a terrific time time sailing with Roberto and his crew on his catamaran - Valpar Nautitech 43.5 Pro. Roberto who speaks English, Italian and Spanish has been cruising the San Blas Islands for 15 years so he knows the best islands to visit. His crew was exceptional. The chef prepared all our meals freshly purchased from local fishermen. The first mate accompanied us to all the islands so that we could interact with the locals. We even had the opportunity to meet his young family.

Not only is Roberto a very accomplished sailor. He kept us entertained with stories of his youth and seranaded us on his guitar.

This was the first time on a catamaran of that size so it took awhile getting used to small bathrooms but each cabin at its own bathroom. There is no air conditioning on the boat but it was not an issue for us as it did cool down at night and there is a small fan in each bedroom.

San Blas Islands is truly an amazing place to visit - small sand islandswith unspoiled beauty. I would highly recommend the San Blas Islands and the opportunity to sail with Roberto.
Written February 8, 2020
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Sacramento, CA47 contributions
Tropical Paradise
Jan 2020
Fantastic visit to this wonderful archipelago. Highly recommended. Very limited land based development, a real plus. We visited the islands by sailing for 5 days/ 4 nights on a catamaran. 3 or 4 nights are perfect.
Written February 2, 2020
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Ulrike H
Berlin, Germany10 contributions
Amazing private cruise with Franck and Jos on Catamaran MANOï - don‘t miss this Experience!
Jan 2020 • Couples
When you want to visit San Blas you have different choices: day trip with the Kunas, overnight stay on Kuna islands or boat cruise. We decided to explore San Blas islands on a catamaran for 4 days/nights. All starts with transportation from Panama City to the Kuna district. Consequently transportation from/to San Blas is strictly in the hands of the Kuna which feels chaotic but in the end you will arrive... costs for transportation and fees are around $125 for a round trip. We (couple <40) did not want to do a shared cruise with many people you do not know on a super packed boat. Staying with Franck and Jos on Catamaran Monoï was the perfect alternative (private charter). The owners live on the boat and it was like staying with friends. You have absolut privacy and it was amazing to explore the abundant islands all by our self, just on a SUB. Jos is the perfect chef and we were amazed of all the home made specialties - note, that San Blas is a very abundant area and you cannot go to a supermarket every day. We apprechiated how the owners respected the nature and they prepared what they can get from the sea and from the Kunas. The food was absolutely amazing: fresh fish, lobster, crabs, fresh veggies and fruit. Everything was home made: like joghurt, bread and juice. The boat is very well maintained and always clean. The cabins are small but with maximum comfort and private bathroom. We were positively surprised to get daily room makeover :) Note: real toilet with flush, no chemicals. You could also take a shower in the small bathroom - we prefered taking the showers on deck with much better view...
Captain Franck is very experienced and it was a pleasure listening to his adventures. San Blas is not easy to sail due to many reefs. We felt save all the time. Entertainment level was always in our hands - from realaxing all day to activities from a.m. to p.m. We enjoyed both.
You are looking for a private hideaway?
Captain Franck knows how to get there :)
Written February 1, 2020
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Vilnius, Lithuania352 contributions
most beautiful islands in the world
May 2019
I loved it a lot. Daily trips around islands. Water is crystal, small islands, green parrots. Just amazing!
Written January 24, 2020
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Dave B
Canada481 contributions
Like a Postcard
Jan 2020
I got a chance to experience a day in the San Blas Islands. They are extremely picturesque. I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time here, and my next time in Panama I will definitely try and spend more time here.
Written January 13, 2020
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Brooklyn M
Winnipeg, Canada27 contributions
I felt as if I was dreaming the whole time
Nov 2019
These islands have something about them let me tell you. Not only are they absolutely stunning but you get this high on life kind of feeling when you are there. Me and a friend stayed for 3 nights 4 days and loved every second of it. Starting with the drive out there, it's so beautiful going through the Panamanian jungle to get there, it was drizzling when we got there but everyone was still so happy and so excited to be there. It was a bumpy boat ride to the island of which we were staying but we had a lot of fun making our way there and seeing all the tiny little islands surrounding us. We had everything we needed while we were there. Three meals a day, water anytime you need, snorkels, bathrooms, showers and even our bed was comfy! You don't need anything else. I would suggest bringing snacks however if you like to eat a little something in-between meals. Everyday was a new adventure, we went to different islands each, explored, swam, and chilled out with other travellers and locals. It was so peaceful, so calming and so so beautiful. I will never get over the feelings that these islands gave me. A trip to remember I'd say:) Please go and explore these islands with the Kunas!! Its a whole new experience!
Written January 11, 2020
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