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Hotel El Porvenir

Isla el Porvenir Kuna Yala KunaYala, 0834-02496 Panama
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Lily_F11_11 wrote a review Nov 2011
New York City, New York19 contributions26 helpful votes
El Porvenir has everything you need: rooms with mosquito nets, water, power at night. The island is lovely and hammocks and hotel setting are great. It's a relatively inexpensive way to visit the San Blas and is easy to get to from Cartí or the airport (though construction work had closed the runway at our visit in November 2011). Food is adequate, but I would recommend bringing some extra fruits. We booked via Panama Travel Group and had some communication hassles that we don't think were the fault of the hotel, but would recommend booking another way. The San Blas are lovely and for me, the outings were worth the trip.
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Date of stay: November 2011
AnnaSafvestadAlbinss wrote a review Jun 2011
Umeå, Sweden3 contributions4 helpful votes
We visitied El Porvenir to join our world-cruising friends on their sailing yacht for a week. The flight from Panama City was an experience - and our 5-year old son was happy for the road on the island - making it possible to take the plane down. We spent 2 nights at Hotel El Porvenir which is a quite simple place with very friendly and helpful staff. The food is traditional "kuna" meaning fried fish, chicken, boiled rice and beans. This is a part of the cultural experience I would say- and you don´t go there for the food only. The fish is fresh from the sea and really great. We went there in april which can be a bit uncertain - but we had 27 centagrades, 90% sun and a fresh breeze. The beaches, palmtrees and swimming is extraordinary - it is really a taste of paradise. The
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Date of stay: April 2011
jehow wrote a review Mar 2011
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions3 helpful votes
This place is nice enough, with okay food and cold beer. Wouldn't stay at Porvenir for more than a night anyways. The little lady who seems to run the place can arrange anything, she's sort of like the Godmother.
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Date of stay: February 2011
nicquk2 wrote a review Oct 2010
Arlington, Virginia25 contributions29 helpful votes
For $40 a day, you get three meals and two island excursions. It's a pretty good deal despite the fact that the island they took us to (Pelican Beach) was no larger than a large studio apartment and overcrowded with obnoxious tourists lugging coolers like they were going to a tailgate party. You can pay extra to go to different islands or to be dropped off on a deserted island for the night. Yeah, the food isn't great (eggs and bread for breakfast, rice/fries and beans with chicken or flank steak for lunch and dinner) but if you ask them, they will catch FRESH LOBSTER AND FISH in the ocean for you to eat. It's only $8 and it's literally the catch of the day. You see the hotel employees go out into the water and come back with fresh seafood. It's pretty awesome. The
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Date of stay: October 2010
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hotelreview123 wrote a review Apr 2010
Europe249 contributions293 helpful votes
This hotel is about the oldest hotel in the San Blas islands and is the only accommodation actually located on El Porvenir island - where the Police station and airport are located. The main town is a couple of minutes boat ride away on the neighbouring island, with more hotels/ hostels. From what I saw although this place is in no way grand, its about the best on offer in the vicinity of this part of The San Blas. For $35 per person a night its a bargain compared to the alternatives. This includes 2 boat trips a day and 3 meals a day aswell as accommodation. Oti and her husband are very friendly and helpful. The islands are fantastic and seeing the native Kuna indians in their traditional dress is great too- not tacky tourism, unlike the Embera villages tourist trap in The
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Date of stay: February 2010
US$227 - US$248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
PanamaGuna Yala RegionSan Blas Islands
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