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SAN BLAS ISLANDS

How do I get to the San Blas?

Where is?

San Blas Bay is on the Caribbean coast of Panama . The Guna / Kuna Yala region extends from Colombia to the Chagres National Park, on the border with Panama City . It is an area of 2,306 sq km , an exceptional place in the world , famous for its white sandy beaches , crystal clear waters and coconut trees.
A still unknown paradise consisting of 365 coral islands , perfect for discovering on a sailing trip .
The amazing San Blas islands are located on the Caribbean side of Panama and are one of the last unspoiled destinations in Central America.
If you need accommodation on the islands , information about San Blas or Guna Yala or simply want to learn more about Native Indians Guna you can visit :

 

By car + lancha

You can travel in a 4×4 car from Panama City to Cartí Port, where you will take a water taxi to sailboats moorkings. Cars depart from Panamá city between 5- 5:30 am. It takes around 3 hours approximately to Cartí port and costs 30 USD$ per person (50$ if you buy return) The water taxi to the boat takes around 45min from Cartí to the boats and costs 20 USD$ per person/one way.

In total, arriving in San Blas by road cost $90 per person, plus $20 of Guna Yala entrance fee to pay in the border+ 2$ in the Port.

By plane

Domestic flights to San Blas depart from Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC), in Albrook, Panama City, 21km far from Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Air Panamá offers daily flights from Panama City to El Porvenir (PVE), the capital of Guna Yala region, and to Corazón de Jesús (CZJ). You can buy tickets from 85 USD $/one way depending on the route. The flights depart around 6 am and return around 7 am and take between 30 and 40 minutes.

 

Planning your trip

Do I need a visa to travel to Panama?

A 6 months validity passport is enough for most countries.

Do I need vaccinations in Panama?

You might need a yellow fever vaccination before entering the country, but this depends on the country you’re traveling from. The best is to check with your local health organization.

When is the best time/period to visit Panama?

Panama has two seasons. The summer season lasts from mid-December to may and the green season from May to December. When to go depends on what you want.

In the summer it’s usually dryer and sunnier. There’s also more wind because of the continuous North East trade winds, which makes it a perfect season for sailing, windsurfing, etc.

In the green season the weather can be hot and steamy. There’s more rain but it tends to come in sudden short downpours that freshen the air and are followed by sunshine. There’s no continuous wind, which makes it a perfect season for snorkeling because there is little movement and current in the water.

Panama lies very close to the equator and enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures vary between 25-30 º C (80-90 Fahrenheit). Humidity is very high.

What does the price include in San Blas?

Prices in San Blas
All prices in San Blas are ALL INCLUSIVE ON BOARD :

  • MENU WITH LOBSTER AND / OR SHELLFISH , FISH , RICE, PASTA , ASSORTED SNACKS
    AND TROPICAL FRUITS YES
  • JUICES , MINERAL WATER , AND ALCOHOL IN MODERATE USE YES
  • CAPTAIN AND SAILOR YES
  • FRESH WATER AND FUEL YES
  • BED LINEN AND TOWELLS (NOT BEACH) YES
  • PADDLE SURF BOARD YES
  • DINGHY WITH OUTBOARD ENGINE YES
  • FISHING AND SNORKELING EQUIPMENT YES
  • BASIC CLEAN YES
  • FLIGTHS AND TRANFERS NO
  • JEEP TRANSFERS FROM / TO PANAMA CITY ( $ 50 / PERSON / RETURN)NO
  • LAUNCH TRANSFERS FROM CARTI TO BOAT ( $ 40 / PERSON / RETURN)NO
  • ENTRANCE FEES TO GUNA YALA ( $ 20 / PERSON )NO
  • FEES FOR USE OF BOAT DOCK IN SAN BLAS ( $ 2 / PERSON ) NO
  • PERSONAL RATES AND EXPENSES (PURCHASE HANDCRAFT, LOCAL EXCURSIONS…) NO
How can I get money in Panama?

In Panama city you will find various ATM’s where you can withdraw cash with your card. Panama is a dollar economy and uses the US dollar. You cannot get money in the San Blas, so if you want to buy souvenirs make sure you have cash with you!

What should I bring on board?

Don’t bring too much, people often end up using half of what they bring. It’s hot and warm so forget about bringing warm clothes. Bring sun protection and enough $1 bills as the Kuna’s never have change in case you want to buy something.

How to book?

To formalize your reservation is necessary to pay 15 % of the total amount at the time of confirmation.
In some cases call vessels 50% .
The remaining amount is paid in cash the day of shipment .

BALEARIC ISLANDS

What does the price include in Balearics?

Price INCLUDES:

-Sailor and Captain
-Breakfast
-Fresh water
-Bed linen and towels (not beach towels)
-Dinghy with outboard engine (18 hp engine sleeps 6)
-Fishing Equipment
-Snorkeling equipment
-Triple Kayak
-Basic final Cleaning

Price does NOT INClUDES

-Flights and transfers
-Personal rates and expenses (Purchase Handcraft / Local excursions etc. ..)
-Fuel
-Food or drinks (Except drinking water and breakfast)
-Paying moorings and ports​​

How to book?

To formalize your booking, it will be necessary to pay 30 % of the total amount at the time of confirmation.

The remaining amount will be paid in cash at the time of shipment

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Travel insurance

You must bring your own travel insurance.

Embarck/Disembarck

Embarck/Disembarck will be between 9am and 10am. Also avaliable disembarck in the afternoon (3,30pm) with half day extra charge.

Cancellations

Contact for information about canceling your trip .

Payment Methods

To complete the reservation you must make a transfer of 15% of the total to a Spanish account or by paypal at its expense management (+ 5 % of the amount sent )

ABOUT THE TRIP

Is there wifi on board?

Usually not . You are going to visit a remote area where there are no facilities in general, fail to put aside the phone and ” connect ” with what is happening around you.

How to organize my trip?

Reserve the boat first.
Then you can arrange transportation to the sailboat.
Finally do not forget to include in your luggage a great adventurous spirit and eager to discover new ways of life and thought.
Be open and flexible to change, the adventure begins !

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