Things to do in San Blas Islands

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Things to Do in San Blas Islands

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  • OldPee
    Boston, MA76 contributions
    Our group of 3 families, 11 people, spent 1 night on Isla Perro. We tried to research an overnight trip to San Blas prior to our trip, but it was hard to find reliable information and we were pretty anxious about what we'd find. I'm pleased to report it all panned out. Spending the night here is a once in a lifetime experience. If you're waffling about going to San Blas, stop waffling and go! There are huge hassles but it's worth it. We booked through a tour company, both the transportation to San Blas and the overnight stay. My strong recommendation is to pay the $50/person to have them drive you rather than try to do it yourself. The road is theoretically paved but full of potholes and steep inclines and you'll be on the potholed part for at least an hour and you'll wreck your rental car if it isn't 4-wheel drive or high clearance ... beautiful scenery though. The "port" of carti is a dirty chaotic mess and we appreciated the tour company shepherding us from the car to the awaiting boat. The boat ride takes 45mins and can be a bit of a roller coaster but we didn't get as much sea-spray as we anticipated. There are dozens of small islands and we visited only 2 and stayed on 1, so I can only comment about Isla Perro. The island itself is maybe 5 acres, covered in palm trees and sand. The beach is classic powdery soft "caribbean" sand, with crystal clear water throughout. Lots of other islands around so views are scenic. Palm trees go right to the edge of the water so plenty of shade. There's a cool sunken boat for snorkeling and some coral and fish surrounding the island, but I wouldn't come here expecting fantastic snorkeling. There were only 3 thatch roof huts on the island and a couple camping tents, so maybe 15 people staying overnight. The huts are right next to the beach and have spectacular views, particularly during sunset/sunrise. The beds were surprisingly clean and comfortable. They have a generator on the island for lights/fans and they jerry-rigged running water for each of the bathrooms in the huts. Very rustic but comfortable. There's a large thatch roof open air dining/communal area which was lovely. Meals/drinks are included in the price and were "ok". We had lobster for dinner and half of us loved the lobster and half didn't. If you opt for fish or chicken, it's fried. You can also get plantains or rice, both of which were good. Drinks outside of meals were available for only $2 each. Don't day trip here. There were a few dozen day trippers until about 3pm and the island was significantly more chaotic and the staff seemed overwhelmed. But once they left, the 15 of us had the island to ourselves and it was amazing. The guna staff were very friendly however many didn't speak english and they weren't in a rush to get things done. For example, if they said "dinner is at 7", we'd all show up at 7 and sit for 20 minutes in the dining hall waiting for someone to start serving and it wasn't until we tracked down one of the staff that they'd even start cooking. Same goes for tours to other islands, where we'd show up at the appointed time and wait and wait and eventually track down someone in charge. So don't expect a traditional hotel experience at all. This is an "adventure" and we were all so blown away by the scenery and uniqueness of the experience that we gladly tolerated the inconveniences. We could have stopped at a guna village for a short stop on the way back to Carti but opted to skip it because we had to get back to Panama City by 6pm, so I can't comment on that.
    Written 2 January 2022
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  • RMDTraveller
    Zurich, Switzerland383 contributions
    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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • lecso88
    12 contributions
    We liked Chichime very much. We were there for new years eve. The Guna family running the island is very friendly and cook excellently.
    every drink you buy costs 2 dollars, so it is recommended to bring as much water with you as possible.
    The island is very calm and very good for relaxing. And it is not overcrowded like Perro chico or Diablo.

    Minus one star because although the family keeps the ground of the resort tidy but as soon as you leave it and you walk two meters further there is very much garbage. If they would spend just one day every year with collecting the garbe it could be so much better.
    Written 2 January 2022
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  • Anton C
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Incredible experience! Paradises island with awesome views m. The company organized everything properly and with a great cost! Totally recommended
    Written 30 June 2021
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  • Best trip of my life. Crew is awesome. Elena, Haizel, Alexis and Nali....thanks for everything. I met the most wonderful people on the boat, had a blast, party all day long and Flunky ball was phenomenal! San Blas is a paradise... don't think it twice, you have to take this trip! Gitano del Mar is the best choice!!! Love you, guys!!!
    Written 19 March 2020
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  • stefaukjestijnisa
    Sittard, The Netherlands5 contributions
    We had 4 fantastic days, three nights, and enjoyed it with our family. How beautiful the islands are! Communication with Remy was good in English. With the guides on the islands we were also able to communicate in English. Thank you Adrian and the female guide whose name I forgot.... 🙏We visited a total of 5 islands and the natural pool. Spectacularly beautiful! Everything was well arranged, from the transport, to the stay on the islands, the tours and the food. Top! I would recommend this trip to anyone.
    Written 4 February 2022
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  • Salted Away
    1 contribution
    This boat is so awesome. We spent 5 days aboard and we had such a nice time. Our Captain Elena was superb and got us to the best spots aswell as some good sailing. The cook Lea was on fire, every meal was so good and she kept us well hydrated with awesome cocktails.
    If you're not sure if this is the yacht for you then I can safely say that this was one of the nicest yachts we saw during our time. It has so much space especially with the nets in the front.
    Go for it you won't regret it.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Kiwipink
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    Everything was awesome..right from the catamaran to the crew,to all the beautiful islands!true tropical paradise!!
    The Tan Go is a 42 ft 2019 cat .very nice cat..sailed perfectly...fit 3 couples with lots of space to move around. Crew was awesome...thank you Monica,Marco and Captain Diego for taking such good care of us..Sail with these guys ,you will not be disappointed!!.
    Written 15 February 2022
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  • Marta C
    1 contribution
    An amazing experience, incredibly friendly people, great food and paradisiac place. 100% recommended!!
    Written 30 October 2021
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  • Kelcey L
    3 contributions
    We booked a 3 day/2 night trip from Sapzurro, Colombia to Carti, Panama. We were the only ones on our trip, which was a surprise to us since we booked a group trip. Our two guides/boat drivers were really nice and helpful, but only one spoke a little English. The stops we made were nice, but I thought we'd visit a few more islands. On the first day we stopped at a big island (best one of the whole trip) and had a nice lunch of octopus. I think we could've done a hike, but it was not clear to us or explained. The island we slept on was comfortable. The second day we made one stop on a little island (just OK) before we arrived at the island we had lunch, dinner and slept on. That day it would've been nice to make another stop at an island since we seemed to pass many tiny deserted ones. The third day we went to another island which was nice and an area to snorkel where there were a lot of starfish. We went back to the island we slept on for lunch and then left for Carti around 2pm. We booked the transfer which was a comfortable pickup truck. Overall the food was good and most of the island stops were nice. The boat rides were long, so an additional stop or two would've been nice on the second day. Maybe we shouldve asked, but our itinerary was not explained to us at all, and it was different to what we were originally emailed. We booked with Fronterra because it was cheaper than San Blas Adventures. In our eyes we received a nice trip for the price we paid and would recommend to others that are interested in crossing Panama/Colombia. since it's only 3 days, it is a lot of traveling on the first two days, so be prepared. We had some big waves, but felt like the guys on the boat did a great job handling them! There is a trash problem on the islands, so we took our water bottles with us off the island. Try not to buy any bevarages in containers and stick to fresh coconuts!
    Written 2 January 2019
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  • HappyinNOLA
    Mid-Atlantic25 contributions
    We sailed for three days in the Ti Kay, organized through San Blas Sailing. First of all, the San Blas Islands are every bit the bucket list place they are promised to be - beautiful, remote, relaxing. The Ti Kay, captained by Eduardo and with Adriana cooking up amazing, fresh seafood purchased daily from the Kuna fishermen, was an incredible way to visit the islands, where we sailed, snorkeled, sea kayaked, and swam everyday in the Caribbean. And Melody, from San Blas Sailing, made organizing the whole thing simple. Highly recommend
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Ale G.
    Newton, MA70 contributions
    JP and Gabi were the best hosts ever. Food was super excellent and their kindness and dedication to our well being was just amazing! Highly recommended, the catamaran is wide and comfortable and the tours around the islands simply amazing!
    Written 30 December 2019
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  • Dominic Markart
    3 contributions
    My girlfriend and I stayed with Carlos on his sailboat for 2 days and 2 nights.
    We were blown away by the beauty and uniqueness of San Blas and we were so happy to experience all this on a boat. On the one hand having the comfort staying on a beautiful yacht and on the other hand having the possibility to see couple of different magical islands was OUTSTANDING.
    The service of Carlos was excellent. He is a great cook and prepared for every lunch and dinner fresh fish, lobster, crab or other seafood available in the waters of San Blas. He is also very knowledgeable about San Blas and the Kunas and makes everything possible for you to have an unforgettable time. So visit Calors on his boat before San Blas will be flooded in the next 15-20 years. Thank you a million times.
    Written 18 February 2019
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  • Mary M
    Panama Province, Panama2 contributions
    A five-star experience all the way. And, the only five-star catamaran in San Blas. The service was excellent but not stuffy. Captain Fred, interestingly enough, has an MBA from Wharton school of business. He can expound on all sorts of adventures to many world ports and management theories if you desire. When is not steering the Catamaran towards your next great adventure, he is quietly behind the scenes making sure that his guests are surprised and delighted. He anticipates what you want, before you even know you want it.. My friend and I are executives in the customer experience business, and consequently often difficult to please. No problems here to report!
    Marina, his right hand chef, is extremely competent at ensuring clean eating and gourmet cuisine. Fresh fruit and vegetables abound. Snacks and almost any kind of drink you want are available when you want it. An excellent adventure in the incredibly turquoise waters of the San Blas!!!
    Written 16 January 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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