San Blas Islands Panama

San Blas Islands Panama, quite a touristy place, but it depends on when you visit them. They are located north of mainland Panama and east of the Panama Canal. They are scattered in the Caribbean Sea over a large area.

About 360 islands, half of which are inhabited. Naturally they only speak Spanish, and very little English. In general, you will not have a problem with communication, at least for the elementary things that interest you. How to get to the San Blas Islands?

If you are in Panama City you need to take a bus or car to El Ponvenir. The journey is about 3 hours. After that, it is best to take an organized excursion, which is the most budget option, at least for us. We slept for 3 days on the San Blas Islands. They are actually Cayos Limones and Cayos Hollandez.

We were on Cayos Hollandaise and we don't regret it. I think $350 total was all including food. Bring water and extra food because the portions in the restaurant are not large. It is interesting to mention that when the food is served, one of the local people blows a rapan, inviting us to come and eat. We only have 30 minutes to do it. Pretty original isn't it. Bookmark and Share

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What you can do in the San Blas Islands

Well, these possibilities are not many, because each island is very small in area. Goes around in minutes. Apart from diving and lying on the beach, I can't think of anything else to recommend. Otherwise, the water is very warm, as is the air temperature. Bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Because of the constant wind here, mosquitoes are rare, but they do exist.

In the evening it is damp and cool, but that is not a problem. The conditions are not very good, especially if you are used to sleeping in 3 or 4 star hotels. The experience is worth it because everything is very wild.

We organized two additional excursions: A day tour of Cayos Limones including Dog island and isla Diablo. The other excursion was Cayos Hollandez, Isla Tortuga, Starfish Bay, and another island that I did not understand the name of. They are several next to each other and I am not sure if it is the same island. In every place, diving is a must, because the transparency of the water is very great. Bring your own diving goggles and mask, although you can get them from the hotel. If you are lucky underwater you may see dolphins, starfish, turtles and small reef sharks.

There is nothing to do in the evening on the islands, it gets dark around 6:30 p.m. Apart from exchanging travel information with other tourists and drinking any alcohol you may have in your luggage, there is not much else to do.

In fact, the islands of San Blas Panama are no different from any other tropical island. There are not many tourists and they are for people who like to laze on the beach. We are not one of them, so we could not stay there for more than three days. We are very bored, I confess.

San Blas and its surroundings are an ecotourism paradise due to its pristine surroundings. The area is also popular for sailing as it is known for its beauty and lack of hurricanes. The San Blas Islands have a tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures are hot throughout the year. There is a long wet season from May to January and a short dry season for the rest of the year. The next natural landmark we intend to visit is Мanuel Аntonio national park in Costa Rica.

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