San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands, photo by Monica J. Mora
San Blas Islands (photo by Monica J. Mora)
 

The San Blas Islands is a group of hundreds of islands, many uninhabited, located a few miles off the Caribbean coast of eastern Panama.

The indigenous Kuna Yala tribe have self governing authority over the islands, and have continued to flourish and practice their age old customs surrounded by the modern world.

The area attracts many boaters, and various islands can be visited in a short amount of time in typically calm, clear seas. Sailing is especially popular.

There are no ATMs anywhere on the islands, so travelers must bring enough cash to cover their stay.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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Catamaran San Blas

Catamaran San Blas offers accommodation in El Porvenir. Free WiFi is provided . Catamaran San Blas also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. You can engage in various activities, such as snorkelling and fishing. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$350

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Cabañas Narasgandup (Naranjo Chico)

Offering a terrace and views of the sea, Cabañas Narasgandup (Naranjo Chico) is located in Mamartupo. The property also offers mini-market. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, fishing and hiking. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$198

 
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Tornado

Featuring air conditioning, Tornado offers accommodation in Cartí Yantupo. This boat offers all-inclusive services and shared with Guna Villages, also can arranged activities and water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$2125

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Vip One

Vip One offers accommodation in Cartí Yantupo. This boat offers all-inclusive services and shared with Guna Villages, also can arranged activities and water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$1625

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Nikita

Featuring air conditioning, Nikita offers accommodation in Cartí Yantupo. Each unit comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$300

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See all hotels in San Blas Islands.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Rendezvous

Rendezvous

Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Rendezvous is set in El Porvenir. Free WiFi is provided . All units have a seating area. There is also a dining area and a kitchen equipped with an oven. Bed linen is offered. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$320

$3208.1
Lyckaribe

Lyckaribe

Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Lyckaribe is located in El Porvenir. There is a restaurant and guests can have fun at the water park. Free WiFi is provided . There is also a kitchen, fitted with a fridge. Bed linen is offered. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$380

$3808.1
Velero San Blas

Velero San Blas

Offering a sun terrace and a private beach area, Velero San Blas is located in El Porvenir. All meals are included in the rate. A number of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling and fishing. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$460

$4608.1
Catamaran San Blas

Catamaran San Blas

Catamaran San Blas offers accommodation in El Porvenir. Free WiFi is provided . Catamaran San Blas also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. You can engage in various activities, such as snorkelling and fishing. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$350

$3507.8
Isla Narasgandup

Isla Narasgandup

Isla Narasgandup offers accommodation in Nusatupo. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. Tocumen International Airport is 74 km from the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$430

$4307.8
Nikita

Nikita

Featuring air conditioning, Nikita offers accommodation in Cartí Yantupo. Each unit comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$300

$300-
Cabañas San Blas

Cabañas San Blas

Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Cabañas San Blas is situated in El Porvenir. Private parking is available on site. There is free shuttle service at the property. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$360

$360-
San Blas by Coco Sailing

San Blas by Coco Sailing

San Blas by Coco Sailing offers accommodation in El Porvenir. The propertyprovides all meals and drinks during the stay. There is also a dining area and a kitchen equipped with an oven and stovetop. Towels are available. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$360

$360-
Catamaran SC en San Blas (Panamá)

Catamaran SC en San Blas (Panamá)

The Catamaran S.C. en San Blas (Panama) is a boat that measures 12 meters long, which allows guests to visit the islands of the archipelago of San Blas. Parking is available. There are 4 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$390

$390-

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Indigenous Kuna People

The local people, the Kuna, are an example of an how an indigenous people continue to flourish and practice their age old customs surrounded by the modern world. They are friendly and welcoming of tourists. Although the San Blas Islands is their ancestral home, you will also find Kuna people selling their wares in Panama City.
Natural
Beaches
Many of the tiny islands with beautiful beaches have one member of the Kuna tribe on the island who collects $1 per person for daytime use of the island.
Snorkeling
Dog Islands and their beaches provide a great variety of tropical fish in the shallow warm waters.
Other Interests:
Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
Windsports

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