Please note a day trip to the San Blas can be too short.... you will leave at 5.30 - arrive on the islands at 10.30am and leave the islands at 3pm. Basically 4 hours to enjoy the place vs the same or more time for the transportation. I can recommend you a company with day tour for around usd 130/persons.
I also had the same question. Can you provide me with what companies are good for the San blas island excursions. Also, would you know if taxis will drive from Panama City to farallon airport or would I need to book a driver. What is the cost roughly one way?
Taxis will gladly drive you to Farallón, but it will cost you a kidney. It's quite far away. You'd probably do better with a private transportation service or taking a bus to Río Hato or any of the towns around.
A shuttle to the Decamerón resort or any of the resorts nearby costs 26 USD, one way. That's probably the most cost-effective way to get there. I know of a service that does it from the Tocumen airport in Panama City. Their phone is +507 9932449 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Actually I have a couple of questions. We were thinking to do a one day trip to San Blas as well, but as you said it's too short. So we have decided to stay a night but I don't know how to find a decent accommodation for the night as we have an elder person with us and she can't sleep anywhere. Somewhere with comfortable bed and decent washrooms?!
and I was wondering, can we driving to a port ourselves just to save money? We already have the car for the whole week in Panama, so no extra expense.
Or should we forget about driving and get a flight to the islands?
I appreciate your help. This is our first time in Panama and we don't know anything about it ...
Is your car 4x4 or SUV ? That is the condition to allow you to cross the Kuna Yala border. There quite comfortable accommodation with private bathroom on El Porvenir but it is not the nicest islands in the area.
Oh, so it's very rough road with no asphalt! and about 3 hours of such! I guess we are better off with a plane. Thanks for the tip.
I was searching and come across the Yandup Island Lodge.
Seems like a nice one if it has any vacancies, which I doubt!
But is the island a good one? and the surroundings? Is it worth all the expense?
Is the Boat to San Blas near Decameron or closer to Colon
As far as I researched, Colon is far away and as for getting a boat it depends on which airport you arriving at. Check this website and through the page, you will see that you have several choices ...
The road is in very good condition with Asphalt. It was not the case 5 years ago. There are just some curves, hills etc... so you better go with an experienced driver.
Actually one of us is an experienced driver but the car is a sedan.
How long does it take us to get to where the boats are? and where is it exactly? Google map is no help in this case! I can't even see a road after Cuango! and the closest island is el porvenir?
Should we arrange for a boat in advance or are day regular departures?
and one last question, how late can we stay there, if we want to be back to Panama before it's dark? As I assume there are no lights in the road?
Thanks for helping me out with this ^^