Isla Pelicano
Isla Pelicano
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GrapplingFreak
Punta Arenas, Chile167 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
We stayed on a different island but visited Pelican I. during a day tour end of Aug. 2022.

The island is beautiful but relatively small and when we visited it was just over crowded - too many cabins on it. One could think the locals try to make the utmost money and squeeze out the tourists as much as possible. Wondering for how long this will continue? Sorry folks but with this attitude/strategy you will eventually harm your reputation. You are destroying your paradise. Is this what you want?

Stay away from this island and just come over for a short visit. Try to find another calmer more authentic location (which we also have not found yet… but we will not give up looking for it).
Written 3 September 2022
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RMDTraveller
Zurich, Switzerland387 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
From 4-6 Jan 2019 I went on a trip to the San Blas Islands - to Isla Ina (where we stayed 2 nights/3 days).

We also made a boat trip to Isla Pelicano which was a nice treat and get away retreat.

We went with tour operator San Blas Dreams(.com) and paid 147$ for 2 nights incl. transport and 3 meals a day (very simple and monotonous but made with love).

At booking 32$ is paid by credit card. The 4x4 is paid 50$ cash upon arrival in the port or at the supermarket (before the long bumpy road to the port) and 22$ is paid for entering Guna Yula (Government tax).
32+50+22= 104$ and 45$ I paid at the cabins on the island so actually paid a bit more then the advertisement of 147$.

As always presenting the numbers:
-Price to get there from Isla Ina: Free
-Pelikan Island: 4.5**** most untouched/peace when you are a small group.

Important take your passport with you as you go to an autonomous region.

Overall Ina Island was crowded but I have been told not as crowded/overcrowded as Isla Franklin and Diablo.

Therefore going to Isla Pelicano for the day or some hours is a welcome treat.

See my review on San Blas for more details and how to get there.

-When the ocean is ruf you will get wet, bring a waterproof bag for your phone and camera and money.
-Bring money, there are no CC/AmEx/MC facilities.
-Bring plenty water
-Bring sun screen

There is no shop on Isla Pelicano

The island itself has beautiful palms and scenic views and the beach is white fine sand and a nice walk into the refreshing water which is cooling but not cold.

Also note we were in early January so there is still light rain from time to time and morning overcast!
You will burn also with overcast! ! !

There are no sleeping possibilities neither toilets.

The experience is unique and the views amazing, just be prepared for the trip there and back!
Written 8 January 2019
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Christina M
San Francisco, CA28 contributions
Jun 2018
It was a childhood dream come true. I walked around the island in five minutes and snorkeled around it in 2 hours because of all the beautiful sights below the surface of the water. Beautiful weather, people and clean water!
Written 28 August 2018
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MGO99
107 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
There is so much rubbish on the island, it is disgusting. The reef is okay, but nothing more. Not really worse to go there.
Written 9 January 2018
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LuckyPty
Seoul, South Korea213 contributions
Jan 2018
Beautiful island, perfect to a party!. Bring your own music and drinks. But is was wonderful. The beach is clean, there are no mosquitoes here and the wind is warm like the water.
Written 2 January 2018
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Allgoodthyngs
Shrewsbury, UK1,702 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Currently sailing around the world and heading to Panama, we stopped at several of the San Blas Islands to enjoy island life with the Kuna Indians. However- maybe the islands have had their day and now become somewhat disingenuous .

We found the locals to only be interested in making money by selling endless Molas as quickly as possible to us. At times their attitude was somewhat belligerent and overly persistent. We gave away a large number of lines and a halyard and they promised us some fish for supper but never returned- sad!

Other than this the islands are basically sand spits growing coconut trees- i.e. coconut farming. We may have been unlucky with the islands we chose but we were disappointed and preferred other remote islands that we've had the joy of visiting.

For info- The San Blas islands are a group of islands in the archipelago de San Blas, located in the Northwest of Panama facing the Caribbean Sea. There are 378 islands within the archipelago and they are scattered around in an area of about 100 square miles. The majority of the 378 islands have no inhabitants, but on the larger ones you will find the native people known as the Kuna’s.
Written 21 July 2017
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TheHinduFace
Hamburg, Germany147 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
The sea life around is perfect, there is not a better place to do snorkeling in San Blas than there. I book a tour which had included a boat trip to this island. For very good price! I never imagine could be possible to be on this Paradise for cheap. I can give the people interesting to go the info of the tour company writing me by private. Amazing and beautiful San blas!
Written 5 September 2016
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JnJCaros
Big Bear City, CA28 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The island use to be beautiful but the tour companies and locals no longer care about the trash that is thrown all over the islands. Such a shame. Very expensive trip and very disappointed . Minus 3 review in my book.
Written 20 June 2016
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,972 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
San Blas, Pelican Island is tiny but big enough for a kiosk to sell goods to the tourists that visit.
Written 28 April 2016
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magagna17
Sweden15 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
I have been there with my family in a private tour. Gorgeous island, nobody was there, only my family.
Written 10 March 2016
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