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The San Blas islands in Republic of Panama

The San Blas Islands

Imagine an archipelago of 365 tiny islands of white sand, each surrounded by a turquoise water reef and a few coconut trees to place a small makeshift hammock. Some of them are populated by local inhabitants, the Kunas who built small rustic huts made of straw and wood.

This proud and independent people has kept its integrity and has always refused to sell their islands to real estate developers. They are Panamanian, but also kuna, which is a people in its own right. They have a regime of territorial autonomy, their own language, their traditions and their culture.

The Kunas and the Surroundings

The rest of the island is inhabited by some local Kuna families. Dressed in bright colors, women often have a red scarf in their hair, a light-colored blouse on their shoulders and a colored fabric like skirt. They also carry many bracelets of pearls that cover almost the entirety of their calves. In the evening, a little before dark, the women gather and settle together to create these ornamental jewels that dress them so well.

The tour of the island is in less than ten minutes on foot. You can even see the sea on the other side of the island so small it is. All around us is the Caribbean Sea, other small islands in the distance and the Panamanian coast that ends the panorama. A perfect setting for resting, sunbathing, swimming, eating good fish and “lazing around” all day.

To mention, if you want to enjoy an even more exclusive feeling of being alone in the world, you must look to reserve an island further away from the coast. When choosing your island, the location, size, quality of the sand, the ubiquity of grass or not and the number of huts present, vary prices greatly. The farther away, the smaller it is, the more white the sand is and the no grass with no neighbor, the more you pay for your overnight stay. But your experience will be closer to Robinson’s



After a good meal made of fish, rice and a small salad, we took advantage of the soft evening to relax in our hammocks. After a good nap, we met some of our neighboring tourists who regularly came to buy beers from the lady next door.

The next day, accompanied by our new friends and a guide, “entertainer” and captain of boat (rented with company SAN BLAS TOUR, which organize sailboat trips in san blas), we all went to explore the seabed of the surroundings. With masks and snorkels, heading to the more remote islands, known as cayo Holandes. After an hour’s boat, we see a very small pebble and local inhabitants who greet us with the hand. Escale bonheur, we are offered a free swim on their deserted beach while waiting for lunch. On the menu, grilled fresh fish with typical “accompaniments”. Simple, fresh and delicious. Sitting on half a log of wood, in the shade of a large palm tree, the wind of the sea that tickles our toes and the belly that fills up little by little, it is easy to appreciate this brief moment of paradise .

After the meal, we head towards a giant natural pool located on the other side of the island. From a depth of a few centimeters, from the water as far as the eye can see, it was here that small sharks and rays were seen. Our guide, standing on the boat, pointed out the direction to go in order to observe these furtive beasts. After a few hours of bubbling in these peaceful waters, it was already time to return to Narasgandub. Before we arrived, we stopped on the way to explore the seabed a little further. We were lucky to watch a shark resting peacefully under its rock. What a great day!

Back on our paradise island, our host had prepared a nice campfire for us and our new friends. We also had a delicious lobster dinner with plantain and a refreshing salad.

With the same rhythm, the following days passed softly at the pleasure of sunrise and sunset. The end of our adventure was drawing to a close. It was the great return to the metropolis of Panama, in the noise and the populace, to cherish this brief and brief moment of our life, when we thought ourselves alone in the world on our island of San Blas.

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Tourism in Panama

The nation’s Caribbean coast is known for magnificent snorkeling and diving, perhaps ideal shown in the north archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Bocas initially ended up being a spot on the radar for army functions and currently flaunts some of the most effective exterior activities– such as sporting activity fishing and island jumping– that the nation has to use.

Bocas del Toro

Additionally on the Caribbean shore sits the San Blas island chain: a magnificent group of over 360 islands owned by the Kuna Indians. This area, or comarca as it’s described, preserves rigorous laws for development and also tourism, consequently, keeping its quaint beauty and also seemingly classic virgin allure. Trips to San Blas are a social experience of a lifetime, dealing with, consuming along with, and also becoming good friends with a people who has actually combated virtually 500 years of colonial fight.

San Blas islands, Panama

The Chiriqi province, as well as most significantly its leader in tourism Boquete, have actually drawn in a strong complying with also– appealing to eco-tourisms, nature enthusiasts, as well as adventurers that are always in search of something a little various. Boquete flaunts possibly the fastest increase in realty and is home to many growths and also tour business looking to satisfy your every need.

Chiriqui Province, Panama

Panama City is a living background book, every edge you transform supplying a peak right into the past, the method past, and also sometimes also the future. The Panama Canal is easily the most identifiable of these tourism attractions, as well as with its stunning museum, observatory location, and also details booths; it feels like it’s not letting up anytime soon. Casco Viejo, which made use of to be the city’s center still prospers today as this one-of-a-kind historic consider an earlier period.

Casco Viejo, Panama City

Stroll down the cobblestone streets, or consume lunch on a breezy mid-day in one of its open plazas, surrounded by abundant Spanish style and feel what can just be called a blast from the past. Panama City’s Amador Embankment, once more initially of army objective, currently plays host to a lot of trendy night life spots, vibrant restaurants, and boutique shops for searching. Panama additionally flaunts, that it’s among minority globe capitals with a rain forest in its city limits.

From Panama City you can take a very easy boat trip out to the Pearl Islands, recognized for their lush exotic jungle and excellent beaches. Due to the fact that residential trips in Panama are so sensible and risk-free, it appears that virtually any destination in this country is an option. Possibly have coffee on the Caribbean shore after that turn on over to the Pacific for some waffles. Where else can you state you’ve done that prior to?

Up until just recently, Panama has actually been a key among world travelers. A secret no one truly wanted to blurt. Today that it has left the bag, an increasing number of individuals are experiencing exactly what life resembles … in a country understood when for its canal, and also now for a lot even more.