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Alternative to San Blas Sailing Charter

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Hello All:

After doing much research, we found that San Blas Sailing Charter is the only or perhaps utmost ethical and legal sailing charter company in San Blas islands. However, it looks like they will not be able to provide a charter for the days we want to sail San Blas.

So we are looking at alternative sailing charters, but prefer them to Kuna crewed and be "Kuna-legal", unless we must otherwise go with foreign charters.

We have found San Blas Tours (https://sanblastour.com). Can anyone share their feedback or experience with them?

They are advising us that travelling via taxi and lancha is not a problem as they are many Kuna contacts/partners.

Any advise is appreciated.

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An alternative is SailColombiaPanama

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Did you look on Airbnb at the boats listed there?

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Thanks for you suggestion. It appears that SailColombiaPanama specialize and sail/cruise between Colombia and Panama. And we are looking spefically to cruise San Blas islands for 2 nights and 2 days.

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Thanks Jim!

Yes we did check AirBnB and all sail boat charters there were foreign crewed (aka no Guna crew ).

We are trying our best to get a charter that is Guna crew'd so as to benefit the locals and avoid any hassles of entering San Blas for the purposes of boarding a foreign crewed charter.

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Contact them. Some friends visiting me sailed with them from San Blas. Unless I am wrong and it is another company ?

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I do not think the Gunas operates sailboats charters

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www.cruisesanblas.com

catamaran ZENITH

deluxe, 5 star, if you want the best in safety, comfort, food, service, beach and water toys, etc...

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There are no Guna owned sailboats. If you want that, take a backpacker day tour on a Guna owned boat for about 20 people, and extend overnight in a cabana. There are some foreign owned sailboats boats with part-Guna crews, which reduces cost, but commonly presents issues regarding things like sanitation, food supply, safety, service, language, etc... Gunas re insular, not widely travelled. Of course, you can have similar problems with foreign crewed boats, but there are some great ones. So select carefully. Try www.cruisesanblas.com.

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