One of the most charming and virgin places in the Caribbean sea, San Blas in Panama – Guna Yala – in Guna language.
Since we discovered it, we try to attract travelers interested in one of the most incredible and unknowns places in the Caribbean sea and, maybe, in the world.
A place made to sail, to dive, to fish and to relax in transparent and crystalline waters full of coralline barriers.
A constant temperature year round (30º C), the perfect islands, an Indian community still with their own culture, costumes and style of life, immutable in the last centuries.
The islands of the San Blas Archipelago are strung out along the Caribbean coast of Panama from the Golfo de San Blas nearly all the way to the Colombian border. San Blas is a series of 365 islands of which only few are habited by the Guna Indians. Although only a 20-minute plane ride away from Panama City, a trip to the San Blas islands will transport you centuries into the past. The Guna Indians, who run all the islands as an autonomous province with minimal interference from the national government, have maintained their own economic system, language, customs and culture, with distinctive dress, legends, music and dance and thus have avoided traditional tourism development.
The economy of the islands is based on coconut sales, fishing and tourism, and they offer travellers good snorkelling and swimming. Facilities are few and simple, as is the food. The area is surrounded by reefs, some of the oldest in the world, and offer wonderful snorkelling opportunities.
San Blas is famous for one of its arts and crafts, the mola. Guna women make rainbow colored fabrics, emblazoned with fish, birds, jungle animals and geometric designs. The men still fish from canoes as they did before Columbus came. They still run up to the corner coconut palm trees for something fresh and cool to drink each morning, just as they have for untold centuries.
San Blas islands have been selected as “one of the two best sailing destinations in the world” by several of the most important nautical magazines. San Blas offers pristine nature, without any cruise ships or touristic resorts.
How to get to San Blas Islands
By Airplane: AIR PANAMA has daily flights from Albrook Airport n Panama City, to San Blas: El Porvenir (30 min. Fly).
By Car: The ride takes two-and-a-half hours by 4×4 truck from Panama City to Cartí. Daily rides available.
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