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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?


​Catamaran Adventures San Blas: "The world view improves from the sea". We’re definitely not a big charter company, there are no big charter players in San Blas, it just impossible for these big businesses to standardize and commercialize such a wild, diverse, rich and unique paradigm. We are sailors with an innate common sense and understanding of the power of empathy. We are not artificial, we are real and most importantly we love our life in San Blas and what we do: showing you the only true Caribbean paradise. We offer Caribbean sailing vacations in the San Blas islands: sailing cruises around the wonderful archipelago in Panama. We always adapt the dates, itinerary and guest preferences while striving to make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our goal, ultimately, is to turn your trip into a beautiful and lasting memory.​




What does the price include?


The rates shown on our website are for all inclusive private catamaran sailing charters,
The price on our private cruises include the cost of skipper, cook, meals and drinks on board, including moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, fuel, fresh water, bed linen and bath towel, auxiliary boat with outboard engine, fishing equipment, snorkeling, use of kayaks/paddle board and final cleaning.
Prices do not include transfers to/from Panama, personal entry tax to the county Guna Yala ($20/person), the rate of the port ($2/person). We can arrange all the transfers for you if you want, you can be picked up from your hotel in Panama or directly on the airport (private transfer). Visit our blog for more info on all inclusive catamaran vacations in the San Blas Islands.




"I think it's a little bit expensive..."


Our prices are fully adapted to the market and are justified based on the following criteria:

  • Catamarans cost as much or more than a big house and are definitely much more expensive to maintain.
  • Our catamarans are the most modern and comfortable boats boats with professional crew in the San Blas islands, the boats have also a range of amenities on board, so the price can never be comparable to a guest house. However, the experience will never be the same either. Our sailing trips ar simply unique.
  • ​When you travel with us, our all inclusive catamaran charters are offered with a full crew consisting of captain, cook and a 3rd. assistant depending on the number of guests on board, thats a total of 3 crew that are at your disposal 24 hours and are responsible for ensuring service, safety and maintenance of the ship.
  • Our catamaran charters is San Blas, are all inclusive, which means you do not have to worry about any extra expense once onboard. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as natural beverages (moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages). Meals always represent an important part of the budget for a land-based vacation, plus you have to prepare them by yourself, but we cook for you! Remember that an all inclusive charter service is always the best option for traveling and sailing, and after all, the most convenient and economical too.
Read more: ​*** What Is Included In The All Inclusive Catamaran Charter Rate? *** Should I sail San Blas on a catamaran or book a land-based hotel?
*** Catamaran or monohull? which is best for sailing the Caribbean




What are the cost of the transfers in and out of San Blas islands?


We take care of all your transfers in and out. Simply notify us your pickup/drop off location, either in or around Panama city or directly at the international airport if you arrive latest 10 am.

  1. Land transport will take you around 3.5 hours and cost is $70/person/way including. the water taxi to the location where our catamaran will be anchored. Pickup. time is 5:30 AM at your home/hotel/residence or location you specify to us. Boarding the catamaran is around 10 Am depending on how busy the port is. On return day, expect to be in Panama City before 12:00 AM.
  2. Flying means bypassing all border chaos and landing in the most incredible part of San Blas, far away from the islands filled with day tourists from Panama. The catamaran will be anchored next to the run nway. You can depart from Albrook international airport in the morning and flight time is 50 minutes. On checkout date, departure is the same time as your previous landing time.
More info: *** How Do You Fly To The San Blas Islands? Flights From Panama City To San Blas *** How To Get To San Blas, Panama? The Ultimate Guide How much does it cost to fly to San Blas? Islander Bn2 - Airplane 8 guest total (1200 lbs | 544kg) Cost: $1,337.50/way Piper Seneca - Airplane 4 guest total(500 lbs | 226kg) Cost: $1,136.88/way Piper Archer - Airplane 3 guest total(400 lbs | 181kg) Cost: $562.50/way Details info and prices here.




When and how do I make the reservation payment?


You are making a pre reservation, no money will be asked until we confirm your dates and catamaran. Booking is easy: send us your request through the reservation form on our website and as soon as we confirm the availability and price we will grant you 24/48 hours to complete the reservation. Act fast because we are usually booked out and have other requests pending, you will receive an email with all details needed for paying the 30% and blocking your dates, we do take 50% for first payment if your dates include Crhistmas, Easter or any important dates, the remainig balance you will pay cash upon boarding or bank wire 15 days before the trip starts.




Will there be other people on the catamaran if I book a private charter?


When booking a private catamaran sailing charter it is only you and the crew wich composed of captain and cook. For larger groups we do incorportate a Kuna Indigeous to help with deck work and act as a guide and translator so that our guets can venture deeper into de Kuna culture and communities if they so desire.




Do we have to be afraid for sea sickness?


Regarding the sea state, do not worry about this, San Blas is sheltered by the outer reef so no waves or bad weather in the sailing area. You are renting a catamaran, and because of its large beam (width) they are extremely stable and that is because both hulls tend to compensate for any rolling, not like monohulls. *** Catamaran or monohull? which is best for sailing the Caribbean Captains have a profound knowloedge derived from years of sailing San Blas and will definitely not get you into any rolling anchorage or trouble associated to sailing. You will not be uncomfortable :) trust us. Those guests prone to seasickness will find it hard to get sick and even if they do get sick, land, nice white sand beach filled with coconut trees is just a minute away, so they can easily disembark and scape, again, dont worry.




Where will we board the catamaran and where will we sail to?


Make sure you check our proposed itineraries: 2,5 and 7 night sailing charters. For guests coming in by road transfer from Panama City, arrival is at Carti, the port of San Blas, there you will board the water taxi appointed by the transfer company. It's around a 40 minute water taxi transfer to the catamaran which will be anchored in Cayo Limon or any of the islands that compose it. Tthe exact location varies depending on the wind direction and sea state. Why Cayo limon? because it's the closest island to Cayos Holandeses and its many islands that compose it.
Depending on your starting point and the number of days you will be with us, we will adapt the itinerary to make the most of your stay. In any case, our trips cover the most emblematic places of the archipelago of San Blas, and Cayo Limón, Cayo Coco Bandero and Cayos Holandeses. You can always suggest an alternative route and we'll do our best to make it possible. If you come in by plane, the catamaran will be anchored next to the runway, you will easily board the catamaran and set of for your adventure, Cayo Coco Bandero is an easy 45 minute sail.




When I can travel?


You can travel whenever you want! San Blas is an exceptional place to visit and sail all year round. f you like sailing, the months from December - April tend to be more windy and fresh; if you prefer the tropical climate, between May-November are good dates. Visit our blog post: San Blas, Panama: When To Travel?




Is it possible to windsurf, kitesurf, surf, snorkel or fish in San Blas?


Join our adventure catamarans In San Blas and practice all the snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking you desire! We provide snorkel gear for you to discover the amazing reefs of this Panama's Caribbean archipelago. Our usual catch is mackerel, snapper, barracuda and tuna, plus octopus and lobsters by spearfishing. If you like surfing, bring your surf board, if in season, we will show you amazing empty lineups of barreling waves. Scuba diving enthusiasts, please read this:




How is food onboard?


The uniqueness of our tropical sailing areas in Panama is also reflected in the cuisine offered in our sailing charters. We strive to make food served onboard a new, exotic and unusual experience, a deeper insight into the San Blas islands culture. Seafood is one of the most common cuisine types in the islands of San Blas. As a result of the short distance (very short...) from the sea to the table, it is served particularly fresh, contributing to its intense flavor. We mainly follow a "fisheatarian" diet, a combination of fresh fish and diverse seafood combined with fruits, vegetables, legumes, eggs, rice and pasta. We can also have meat delivered to us but please don´t expect anything different than chicken, there is no tradition for meat in these islands, why should there be? You will understand once here. From March 1st to June 30th we respect no catch lobster season in San Blas. We can always adapt our menu to suit your needs: keto, vegan, raw... Also, It is important that we communicate any allergies and food intolerance you have to take it into account when preparing our menus.




How are the meals for kids?


Meals for kids are the same as adults but adapted so that they fit their taste. If your kids like eating anything special, please bring it along or notify us 15 days prior to embarking.




What is "moderate consumption of Alcohol"?


We include moderate alcohol consumption. According to the World Health Organization (WHO ), moderate consumption of alcohol is equivalent to 2 glasses of beer or wine a day for women and 3 cups a day for a man (because of metabolic differences). In accordance with this recommendation, our all inclusive catamaran charters include this much alcohol per person: - Half a bottle of wine - 2 beers We add to this some Pina Colada made by the crew in the evenings. You can bring along your own alcoholic beverages to supplement our offer. If you choose to come in by road, you can make a stop at El Rey supermarket for that purpose. Abuelo rum is perfect remember that! We don’t allow any kind of misbehaviour onboard, remember that too! Being a bit tipsy and happy is perfect, reckless behaviour and putting yourself in danger in paradise is not going to be tolerated by the captain. Also maybe think of bringing some particular snacks, we do provide artificial snacks, only natural.




Children have special discount?


Children under 12 pay 50% of the charter price. Check out this post:




Can I pay for the trip in euros?


Our prices are quoted in USD but we accept also Euro. Cryptocurrency to pay your sailing: Catamaran Adventures San Blas also accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum. New payment possibilities are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.




Can I cancel my reservation?


Covid-19: check special booking conditions to facilitate your reservations. Canceling your reservation is charged 20% of the total amount of the trip if you do more than 3 weeks in advance or 80% of the total amount if you do it in the 3 weeks prior to embarking.




Do I need any special vaccinations?


Please check with the foreign ministry of your home country or government agencies in health matters the specifications to travel to this area of the Caribbean.




What documentation do I need to bring?


To enter to Panama you need your passport, confirmation of your returning flight or leaving the country or a certificate of solvency. You can check all the requirements on the website of the Tourism Authority of Panama. If your flight also stops in the USA, you will also need a C1 transit visa or ESTA for visa-free countries. If this is the case, check with the embassy of your country.




What do I need to pack?


Bring only a few things in your bag, you dont need much in Paradise. Avoid bringing hard luggage because it will take a lot of space in your cabin You should not miss swimwear and comfortable clothing in your suitcase. Also bring long sleeves t-shirts and pants both for when the temperatures drop at night and to protect from the sun. Do not forget the beach sandals or raincoat, since sporadic rain showers may hit between July and December. It is very important that you bring cap, hat, scarf or clothing that protects you from the sun, and sunscreen.




What currency is used and where can I exchange money?


The currency in Panama is Balboa, equivalent to 1 dollar. Both currencies are used interchangeably. You do not need to change your USD.




How much money should I bring?


Our cruises are all inclusive on board, so the extra expenses once in San Blas are minimal. We recommend not to bring more than $300 cash.




What is the difference between a shared cabin charter and a private charter?


With a cabin charter, you aren’t renting the whole boat, just your cabin with private bathroom, when you go for the private charter, you will have the entire catamaran for your own use. Choose wisely, when embarking on a shared charter you will need to adapt to other guests interests and circumstances, the itinerary and activity will be a consensus between all the guests, the captain and of course taking into consideration the meteorological forecast. Going private is our recommended option, you have the boat for your own, that means no other guests on board with whom to share the sailing experience, it makes a lot of sense since guest’s affinities may be different. San Blas is visited by a large spectrum of travelers and for us it's almost impossible to guarantee you a shared charter with another group with whom you will be totally balanced.




Can I charter a catamaran in Las Perlas?


We do not sail Las Perlas, we love unspoiled/idyllic destinations and because of its proximity from Las Perlas to Panama City and the ferry that unites them, the tourism industry has exponentially increased in recent years thus losing from our point of view much of its charm. Las Perlas has now many hotels, boats and business... San Blas is an Indigenous reservation and unlike Las Perlas, the islands cannot be sold to foreigners, and that makes a difference: no constructions, no noise or interference, the last paradise of the Caribbean, We have sailed everywhere of the Caribbean, trus us, San Blas is the last destination left untouched. More differences with Las Perlas among other things is that in San Blas the water is totally crystal clear since it is the Caribbean, there are more thatn 350 islands with idyllic beaches of white sand and coconut trees and also there is a very interesting local kuna indian culture from which to learn, a very important bonus, that really makes a difference.




How is life on board, how is a typical day in San Blas?


Life on board is simply fascinating. The absolute connection to the sea in a tropical paradise stimulate your senses, natural medicine for your body and your mind. However, you should know that a sailing charter is not a vacation in a hotel. It is very important to understand this concept to ensure proper conduct on board. Regarding activities, the boats are normally equipped with 2 kayaks, 2 paddle boards, also snorkeling equipment for you to use freely, so being on the water and exploring the adjacent reefs are a must. The captain will be there at all times to assist you and to advise on all the possible activities that can take place. Normal day is as follows: you wake up and have full breakfast, after a small rest, the captain will propose an activity for you. You can disembark on the island to meet the local Kunas and learn about their amazing traditional ways, use one of the water toys available, go snorkeling to a nearby coral reefby or simply relax and enjoy the view, read a book, etc. Captain will determine if there is some sailing to do in order to reach the next set of islands. After lunch and a bit of rest you will also be advised of different activities to do; learn about the sea life around, go for a coconut on the beach or have a beer if there is a bar or Kuna hut near by. Simply walking around the islands and all their natural beauty is an absolute joy, you will have piña colada before dinner if pineapple is available at that time which we will really try, and then dinner and sleep.




Tansfers in and out of San Blas?


If you come in by road with the transfer company we recommended, you will be picked up from your location in Panama City at around 5:45 AM, be ready at the lobby or exact location at that time, from there you will take around 2 1/2 hours to get to the port of San Blas after passing the Kuna Yala Border. Once in the port you will board the water taxi assigned by the transfer company and that the driver of your own car will point you to. Water taxi ride is around 30 minutes and sometimes more. At the end it depends on where the catamaran is located, and that varies according to the weather and charter itinerary. Expect to be at the catamaran around 10:00 AM, some companies will say to you its earlier, take our word for it, it's not, we have chartered San Blas for many years and it's always been the same time. Checkout time is around 8 Am depending on where the catamaran is and the water taxi ́s own itinerary. You will be in Panama City before noon,12:00:AM. If you chose to stay half day more, you will checkout from the catamaran at around 15:30 and arrive in Panama city around 6:30PM depending on the traffic. Self drive: a van or regular can wont do, you need a 4x4 or you will not be allowed bu officers through the border. It will take you a bit less than regular transfer because you wont stop at the supermarket. Its a good option to save some money and live the experience. You can park your car in the San Blas port for a few $ and it will be guarded during your stay. If you come in by private plane, expect to land in San Blas at around 8:00 AM. The catamaran is located right next to the landing strip in Corazon de Jesus, so you will board right away. On the day of checkout, you will leave the catamaran at around 7:30. Times on flights can be modified depending on your interest, we are flexible! Flight time in all cases is 50 minutes/way and the airport in Panama City is Albrook local airport. Contact us if you want to come in by plane, we will put you in contact with the flight agency.




Internet on board?


Some of our boats let you connect to the Internet, some other do not have that option, but do not worry, you can either go internet roaming with you own phone in San Blas or do the absolute best which is to buy a Digicel sim card in any convenient shop in Panama City and top it up with an internet plan. it is very cheap and you will have a full internet for just a few $. If you want Internet onboard and simply don’t have the time to buy a sim card, we offer full internet onboard for $10/day. Notify us with your reservation. Some few places in the San Blas islands do not have internet or have a poor connection, so just relax and enjoy the view :) , but if you really need internet onboard, notify us with your reservation and we will addapt the itinerary for that purpose. Tip: do not buy your sim card at the airport, they inflate the price there. Internet in Panama is cheap. We are offering free internet on board for saling charters conducted in our summer months, visit our blog for latest info: Free Onboard WI-FI: Internet Access While on your San Blas Private Catamaran Sailing Holidays




What payment methods are available and is it safe to pay you?


Our direct paying methods are Paypal (username: cocotheonly/credit card (+5% commission) or bank wire to our US or EU bank account, you can always use Airbnb to book us and complete the whole paying/booking process with them if you desire. They do add a comission to our rates but you get all the benefits of booking with a giant platform like Airbnb, its really up to you. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12687512?preview_for_ml=true&source_impression_id=p3_1580290851_XMo25A6BaQqNzPEV Important; due to our bank policy, we cannot take any incoming bank wires originated in any offshore tax haven, however we can always take the deposit and last payment with credit card/Paypal + 5%. Cryptocurrency to pay your sailing: Catamaran Adventures San Blas also accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum. New payment possibilities are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.




Covid-19: special cancellation conditions to facilitate your reservations


We know that many of our clients will fear, in the event of re-confinement or border closures, losing their deposit or being offered a new postponement of their vacation. We are being asked for quotes on a daily basis, but most of our clients are not ready to book and prefer to wait until the last minute depending on the evolution of sanitary measures and travel restrictions. Book now with our special cancellation conditions including reimbursement of all your payments only in the following cases : - New quotes made starting September 2020. - If the Panamanian borders or of the traveler are officially closed on the date of the cruise. - If a quarantine of 10 days or more is imposed on travelers returning from their vacations. - If non-essential travel is formally prohibited in San Blas on the dates of the cruise. The obligation of a Covid-19 test (PCR) before or after the trip is not a sufficient condition to benefit from a refund. Likewise, disruptions related to international transportation are not a sufficient condition to be reimbursed, once in Panama and if booked trough us, local transports will go through, either by air or land . Full reservation will be reimbursed to the customer if these parameters are met. You still feel anxious....? then book through Airbnb and you will benefit from the absolutely neat reservation conditions from the world´s biggest online travel agency: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12687512 Airbnb does take a commision on our prices. Book soon, do not wait until last minute, only 1/3 of the boats remain available for charter in San Blas. This season will be absolutely wonderful :) almost no tourists, fewer boats and Kuna Indigenous eager to make your stay the experience of your life. We are ready!!!




Covid-19: when can I fly into Panama and do I need to be Covid tested?


Starting October 11th 2020 you may fly into Panama freely, but note that to comply with Panamanian Covid-19 regulations you may either: - Bring with you a personal PCR Covid test certificate issued by any US medical company showing you are free from the virus. Important: test must not be more than 48 hours old. - Accept a PCR test upon arrival and pay for it, price is not yet determided. We urge you to have the PCR test in the US the morning/night or if possible right before your flight into Panama, this way you will go through all the borders swiftly, both Panama and Kuna Yala.




Covid-19: our measures to minimase the impact of Covid-19


Safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts in Panama, UIS and Europe. San Blas as a travel bubble.
In order to maintain a safe environment and address customer concerns, following measures have been implemented
The Crew
- We ask the crew to measure the temperature before charter, wash hands regularly as well as using sanitisers.
- All technical staff at check in wear masks. The yachts
- On the yachts, sanitiser suitable for hands and surfaces are available.
- We disinfect all flat surfaces in between all charters.
- Cleaning staff wear masks and gloves.
- We disinfect all exterior cushions. We will continue to respond to the latest on COVID‑19 with customer and crews safety top of mind. As always, we will strive to create a safe and enjoyable experience for your sailing journey with us.




Are the San Blas islands open for sailboat charters?


We have been asked this question many times and always our answer is "yes". There are two issues to consider: 1st: When the pandemic hit worldwide, the Kuna Congreso took the only option possible on their side and decided to cut the road to access San Blas by closing the border and not letting any tourist in. With that move all the 3 piers normally used by our guests to access our catamarans were just not possible to reach. All that was back in 2020 and beginning of 2021. Border relaxation is expected during the first months of 2021. 2nd: Panamanian law clearly dictates that the Kuna Congreso has absolutely no jurisdiction over the waters of San Blas, cannot enforce any movement restrictions on those waters and of course cannot block the use of any port not located in their land. You may choose either of the two transfers possible. 1 Road transfer from panama City using the secondary road and a water taxi to the catamaran. It takes around 45 minutes more than using the regular road and you will also be picked up and dropped off in the location you specify in Panama City. 2 Meet in Linton Bay Marina, that means you will embark the night before, around 7 pm at no extra cost and very early in the morning we will sail to the San Blas islands, reaching that same morning around 10 Am which is the time you would have embarked using the initial road transfer from Panama City. Saliling time should be around 6 hours but at the end it all depends on the wind direction and intensity. Disembarking will also be done in Linton Bay Marina, expect to be in the marina around 11 am, again similar same time you would have reached Panama City with the old road transfers. Once in San Blas, as always, we will be sailing in the most remote, isolated and pristine islands with very few or mostly non indigenous residents If you desire to visit the Kuna indians by going ashore, normal COVID precautions such as the use of masks and security distances must be respected.




What is the best sailing itinerary for sailing the San Blas islands?


Enjoying the best itinerary depends on the number of days booked, type of transfer in and out preferred and interests or preferences of the guests. Whatever the itinerary, our crewed catamaran charters in San Blas are totally adaptable. More info on San Blas islands itineraries here:




Useful tips for your next trip to the San Blas Islands


These islands are very special in many ways and having a few tips will help you get around. Visit our following post: *** 10 Things To Know Before Your Next Trip To San Blas, Panama




Why is your Pina Colada so famous?


The simplicity in elaboration and the quality of our readily-available ingredients: pineapple, coconut and local Abuelo account for our delicious pina colada. Learn more




How long should we stay?


Any number of days is good, but for those travelers aiming to visit the legendary Dutch Cays or Coco Bandero Cays we recommend a minimum of 4 nights. Catamaran Adventures San Blas offers total flexibility in number of nights booked. Minimum quote is 1.5 nights, that means a late exit at 15:30. More info: How Long Should We Stay In The San Blas Islands?




Do you offer any discounts?


Yes, claim your disount for long duration stays: 7 nights 5% 10 nights 10% 20 nights 20% 30 nights. 40% Discounts not available on Christmas




What makes the San Blas islands special?


When choosing a wild and untouched destination such as the San Blas islands, you are choosing the most idyllic sailing charter destination and the perfect Caribbean getaway. This is not the BVI, nor St Marteen... no constructions, hotels or mass tourism and most important no foreign interference of any kind make this small part of Panama, the only and true Caribbean destination left.




Do you offer any discounts?


Yes, there are discounts available depending on how long you sail: 7 nights -5% 10 nights -10% 20 nights -20% 30 nights -40% Not available on Christmas/Easter




Christmas and Easter. What is the price for those holidays?


Chrismas: +15% Easter: +10%




Can I pay with Bitcoin and Ethereum: Cryptocurrency


Yes, it’s possible, we are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.





Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?


​Catamaran Adventures San Blas: "The world view improves from the sea". We’re definitely not a big charter company, there are no big charter players in San Blas, it just impossible for these big businesses to standardize and commercialize such a wild, diverse, rich and unique paradigm. We are sailors with an innate common sense and understanding of the power of empathy. We are not artificial, we are real and most importantly we love our life in San Blas and what we do: showing you the only true Caribbean paradise. We offer Caribbean sailing vacations in the San Blas islands: sailing cruises around the wonderful archipelago in Panama. We always adapt the dates, itinerary and guest preferences while striving to make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our goal, ultimately, is to turn your trip into a beautiful and lasting memory.​




What does the price include?


The rates shown on our website are for all inclusive private catamaran sailing charters,
The price on our private cruises include the cost of skipper, cook, meals and drinks on board, including moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, fuel, fresh water, bed linen and bath towel, auxiliary boat with outboard engine, fishing equipment, snorkeling, use of kayaks/paddle board and final cleaning.
Prices do not include transfers to/from Panama, personal entry tax to the county Guna Yala ($20/person), the rate of the port ($2/person). We can arrange all the transfers for you if you want, you can be picked up from your hotel in Panama or directly on the airport (private transfer). Visit our blog for more info on all inclusive catamaran vacations in the San Blas Islands.




"I think it's a little bit expensive..."


Our prices are fully adapted to the market and are justified based on the following criteria:

  • Catamarans cost as much or more than a big house and are definitely much more expensive to maintain.
  • Our catamarans are the most modern and comfortable boats boats with professional crew in the San Blas islands, the boats have also a range of amenities on board, so the price can never be comparable to a guest house. However, the experience will never be the same either. Our sailing trips ar simply unique.
  • ​When you travel with us, our all inclusive catamaran charters are offered with a full crew consisting of captain, cook and a 3rd. assistant depending on the number of guests on board, thats a total of 3 crew that are at your disposal 24 hours and are responsible for ensuring service, safety and maintenance of the ship.
  • Our catamaran charters is San Blas, are all inclusive, which means you do not have to worry about any extra expense once onboard. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as natural beverages (moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages). Meals always represent an important part of the budget for a land-based vacation, plus you have to prepare them by yourself, but we cook for you! Remember that an all inclusive charter service is always the best option for traveling and sailing, and after all, the most convenient and economical too.
Read more: ​*** What Is Included In The All Inclusive Catamaran Charter Rate? *** Should I sail San Blas on a catamaran or book a land-based hotel?
*** Catamaran or monohull? which is best for sailing the Caribbean




What are the cost of the transfers in and out of San Blas islands?


We take care of all your transfers in and out. Simply notify us your pickup/drop off location, either in or around Panama city or directly at the international airport if you arrive latest 10 am.

  1. Land transport will take you around 3.5 hours and cost is $70/person/way including. the water taxi to the location where our catamaran will be anchored. Pickup. time is 5:30 AM at your home/hotel/residence or location you specify to us. Boarding the catamaran is around 10 Am depending on how busy the port is. On return day, expect to be in Panama City before 12:00 AM.
  2. Flying means bypassing all border chaos and landing in the most incredible part of San Blas, far away from the islands filled with day tourists from Panama. The catamaran will be anchored next to the run nway. You can depart from Albrook international airport in the morning and flight time is 50 minutes. On checkout date, departure is the same time as your previous landing time.
More info: *** How Do You Fly To The San Blas Islands? Flights From Panama City To San Blas *** How To Get To San Blas, Panama? The Ultimate Guide How much does it cost to fly to San Blas? Islander Bn2 - Airplane 8 guest total (1200 lbs | 544kg) Cost: $1,337.50/way Piper Seneca - Airplane 4 guest total(500 lbs | 226kg) Cost: $1,136.88/way Piper Archer - Airplane 3 guest total(400 lbs | 181kg) Cost: $562.50/way Details info and prices here.




When and how do I make the reservation payment?


You are making a pre reservation, no money will be asked until we confirm your dates and catamaran. Booking is easy: send us your request through the reservation form on our website and as soon as we confirm the availability and price we will grant you 24/48 hours to complete the reservation. Act fast because we are usually booked out and have other requests pending, you will receive an email with all details needed for paying the 30% and blocking your dates, we do take 50% for first payment if your dates include Crhistmas, Easter or any important dates, the remainig balance you will pay cash upon boarding or bank wire 15 days before the trip starts.




Will there be other people on the catamaran if I book a private charter?


When booking a private catamaran sailing charter it is only you and the crew wich composed of captain and cook. For larger groups we do incorportate a Kuna Indigeous to help with deck work and act as a guide and translator so that our guets can venture deeper into de Kuna culture and communities if they so desire.




Do we have to be afraid for sea sickness?


Regarding the sea state, do not worry about this, San Blas is sheltered by the outer reef so no waves or bad weather in the sailing area. You are renting a catamaran, and because of its large beam (width) they are extremely stable and that is because both hulls tend to compensate for any rolling, not like monohulls. *** Catamaran or monohull? which is best for sailing the Caribbean Captains have a profound knowloedge derived from years of sailing San Blas and will definitely not get you into any rolling anchorage or trouble associated to sailing. You will not be uncomfortable :) trust us. Those guests prone to seasickness will find it hard to get sick and even if they do get sick, land, nice white sand beach filled with coconut trees is just a minute away, so they can easily disembark and scape, again, dont worry.




Where will we board the catamaran and where will we sail to?


Make sure you check our proposed itineraries: 2,5 and 7 night sailing charters. For guests coming in by road transfer from Panama City, arrival is at Carti, the port of San Blas, there you will board the water taxi appointed by the transfer company. It's around a 40 minute water taxi transfer to the catamaran which will be anchored in Cayo Limon or any of the islands that compose it. Tthe exact location varies depending on the wind direction and sea state. Why Cayo limon? because it's the closest island to Cayos Holandeses and its many islands that compose it.
Depending on your starting point and the number of days you will be with us, we will adapt the itinerary to make the most of your stay. In any case, our trips cover the most emblematic places of the archipelago of San Blas, and Cayo Limón, Cayo Coco Bandero and Cayos Holandeses. You can always suggest an alternative route and we'll do our best to make it possible. If you come in by plane, the catamaran will be anchored next to the runway, you will easily board the catamaran and set of for your adventure, Cayo Coco Bandero is an easy 45 minute sail.




When I can travel?


You can travel whenever you want! San Blas is an exceptional place to visit and sail all year round. f you like sailing, the months from December - April tend to be more windy and fresh; if you prefer the tropical climate, between May-November are good dates. Visit our blog post: San Blas, Panama: When To Travel?




Is it possible to windsurf, kitesurf, surf, snorkel or fish in San Blas?


Join our adventure catamarans In San Blas and practice all the snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking you desire! We provide snorkel gear for you to discover the amazing reefs of this Panama's Caribbean archipelago. Our usual catch is mackerel, snapper, barracuda and tuna, plus octopus and lobsters by spearfishing. If you like surfing, bring your surf board, if in season, we will show you amazing empty lineups of barreling waves. Scuba diving enthusiasts, please read this:




How is food onboard?


The uniqueness of our tropical sailing areas in Panama is also reflected in the cuisine offered in our sailing charters. We strive to make food served onboard a new, exotic and unusual experience, a deeper insight into the San Blas islands culture. Seafood is one of the most common cuisine types in the islands of San Blas. As a result of the short distance (very short...) from the sea to the table, it is served particularly fresh, contributing to its intense flavor. We mainly follow a "fisheatarian" diet, a combination of fresh fish and diverse seafood combined with fruits, vegetables, legumes, eggs, rice and pasta. We can also have meat delivered to us but please don´t expect anything different than chicken, there is no tradition for meat in these islands, why should there be? You will understand once here. From March 1st to June 30th we respect no catch lobster season in San Blas. We can always adapt our menu to suit your needs: keto, vegan, raw... Also, It is important that we communicate any allergies and food intolerance you have to take it into account when preparing our menus.




How are the meals for kids?


Meals for kids are the same as adults but adapted so that they fit their taste. If your kids like eating anything special, please bring it along or notify us 15 days prior to embarking.




What is "moderate consumption of Alcohol"?


We include moderate alcohol consumption. According to the World Health Organization (WHO ), moderate consumption of alcohol is equivalent to 2 glasses of beer or wine a day for women and 3 cups a day for a man (because of metabolic differences). In accordance with this recommendation, our all inclusive catamaran charters include this much alcohol per person: - Half a bottle of wine - 2 beers We add to this some Pina Colada made by the crew in the evenings. You can bring along your own alcoholic beverages to supplement our offer. If you choose to come in by road, you can make a stop at El Rey supermarket for that purpose. Abuelo rum is perfect remember that! We don’t allow any kind of misbehaviour onboard, remember that too! Being a bit tipsy and happy is perfect, reckless behaviour and putting yourself in danger in paradise is not going to be tolerated by the captain. Also maybe think of bringing some particular snacks, we do provide artificial snacks, only natural.




Children have special discount?


Children under 12 pay 50% of the charter price. Check out this post:




Can I pay for the trip in euros?


Our prices are quoted in USD but we accept also Euro. Cryptocurrency to pay your sailing: Catamaran Adventures San Blas also accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum. New payment possibilities are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.




Can I cancel my reservation?


Covid-19: check special booking conditions to facilitate your reservations. Canceling your reservation is charged 20% of the total amount of the trip if you do more than 3 weeks in advance or 80% of the total amount if you do it in the 3 weeks prior to embarking.




Do I need any special vaccinations?


Please check with the foreign ministry of your home country or government agencies in health matters the specifications to travel to this area of the Caribbean.




What documentation do I need to bring?


To enter to Panama you need your passport, confirmation of your returning flight or leaving the country or a certificate of solvency. You can check all the requirements on the website of the Tourism Authority of Panama. If your flight also stops in the USA, you will also need a C1 transit visa or ESTA for visa-free countries. If this is the case, check with the embassy of your country.




What do I need to pack?


Bring only a few things in your bag, you dont need much in Paradise. Avoid bringing hard luggage because it will take a lot of space in your cabin You should not miss swimwear and comfortable clothing in your suitcase. Also bring long sleeves t-shirts and pants both for when the temperatures drop at night and to protect from the sun. Do not forget the beach sandals or raincoat, since sporadic rain showers may hit between July and December. It is very important that you bring cap, hat, scarf or clothing that protects you from the sun, and sunscreen.




What currency is used and where can I exchange money?


The currency in Panama is Balboa, equivalent to 1 dollar. Both currencies are used interchangeably. You do not need to change your USD.




How much money should I bring?


Our cruises are all inclusive on board, so the extra expenses once in San Blas are minimal. We recommend not to bring more than $300 cash.




What is the difference between a shared cabin charter and a private charter?


With a cabin charter, you aren’t renting the whole boat, just your cabin with private bathroom, when you go for the private charter, you will have the entire catamaran for your own use. Choose wisely, when embarking on a shared charter you will need to adapt to other guests interests and circumstances, the itinerary and activity will be a consensus between all the guests, the captain and of course taking into consideration the meteorological forecast. Going private is our recommended option, you have the boat for your own, that means no other guests on board with whom to share the sailing experience, it makes a lot of sense since guest’s affinities may be different. San Blas is visited by a large spectrum of travelers and for us it's almost impossible to guarantee you a shared charter with another group with whom you will be totally balanced.




Can I charter a catamaran in Las Perlas?


We do not sail Las Perlas, we love unspoiled/idyllic destinations and because of its proximity from Las Perlas to Panama City and the ferry that unites them, the tourism industry has exponentially increased in recent years thus losing from our point of view much of its charm. Las Perlas has now many hotels, boats and business... San Blas is an Indigenous reservation and unlike Las Perlas, the islands cannot be sold to foreigners, and that makes a difference: no constructions, no noise or interference, the last paradise of the Caribbean, We have sailed everywhere of the Caribbean, trus us, San Blas is the last destination left untouched. More differences with Las Perlas among other things is that in San Blas the water is totally crystal clear since it is the Caribbean, there are more thatn 350 islands with idyllic beaches of white sand and coconut trees and also there is a very interesting local kuna indian culture from which to learn, a very important bonus, that really makes a difference.




How is life on board, how is a typical day in San Blas?


Life on board is simply fascinating. The absolute connection to the sea in a tropical paradise stimulate your senses, natural medicine for your body and your mind. However, you should know that a sailing charter is not a vacation in a hotel. It is very important to understand this concept to ensure proper conduct on board. Regarding activities, the boats are normally equipped with 2 kayaks, 2 paddle boards, also snorkeling equipment for you to use freely, so being on the water and exploring the adjacent reefs are a must. The captain will be there at all times to assist you and to advise on all the possible activities that can take place. Normal day is as follows: you wake up and have full breakfast, after a small rest, the captain will propose an activity for you. You can disembark on the island to meet the local Kunas and learn about their amazing traditional ways, use one of the water toys available, go snorkeling to a nearby coral reefby or simply relax and enjoy the view, read a book, etc. Captain will determine if there is some sailing to do in order to reach the next set of islands. After lunch and a bit of rest you will also be advised of different activities to do; learn about the sea life around, go for a coconut on the beach or have a beer if there is a bar or Kuna hut near by. Simply walking around the islands and all their natural beauty is an absolute joy, you will have piña colada before dinner if pineapple is available at that time which we will really try, and then dinner and sleep.




Tansfers in and out of San Blas?


If you come in by road with the transfer company we recommended, you will be picked up from your location in Panama City at around 5:45 AM, be ready at the lobby or exact location at that time, from there you will take around 2 1/2 hours to get to the port of San Blas after passing the Kuna Yala Border. Once in the port you will board the water taxi assigned by the transfer company and that the driver of your own car will point you to. Water taxi ride is around 30 minutes and sometimes more. At the end it depends on where the catamaran is located, and that varies according to the weather and charter itinerary. Expect to be at the catamaran around 10:00 AM, some companies will say to you its earlier, take our word for it, it's not, we have chartered San Blas for many years and it's always been the same time. Checkout time is around 8 Am depending on where the catamaran is and the water taxi ́s own itinerary. You will be in Panama City before noon,12:00:AM. If you chose to stay half day more, you will checkout from the catamaran at around 15:30 and arrive in Panama city around 6:30PM depending on the traffic. Self drive: a van or regular can wont do, you need a 4x4 or you will not be allowed bu officers through the border. It will take you a bit less than regular transfer because you wont stop at the supermarket. Its a good option to save some money and live the experience. You can park your car in the San Blas port for a few $ and it will be guarded during your stay. If you come in by private plane, expect to land in San Blas at around 8:00 AM. The catamaran is located right next to the landing strip in Corazon de Jesus, so you will board right away. On the day of checkout, you will leave the catamaran at around 7:30. Times on flights can be modified depending on your interest, we are flexible! Flight time in all cases is 50 minutes/way and the airport in Panama City is Albrook local airport. Contact us if you want to come in by plane, we will put you in contact with the flight agency.




Internet on board?


Some of our boats let you connect to the Internet, some other do not have that option, but do not worry, you can either go internet roaming with you own phone in San Blas or do the absolute best which is to buy a Digicel sim card in any convenient shop in Panama City and top it up with an internet plan. it is very cheap and you will have a full internet for just a few $. If you want Internet onboard and simply don’t have the time to buy a sim card, we offer full internet onboard for $10/day. Notify us with your reservation. Some few places in the San Blas islands do not have internet or have a poor connection, so just relax and enjoy the view :) , but if you really need internet onboard, notify us with your reservation and we will addapt the itinerary for that purpose. Tip: do not buy your sim card at the airport, they inflate the price there. Internet in Panama is cheap. We are offering free internet on board for saling charters conducted in our summer months, visit our blog for latest info: Free Onboard WI-FI: Internet Access While on your San Blas Private Catamaran Sailing Holidays




What payment methods are available and is it safe to pay you?


Our direct paying methods are Paypal (username: cocotheonly/credit card (+5% commission) or bank wire to our US or EU bank account, you can always use Airbnb to book us and complete the whole paying/booking process with them if you desire. They do add a comission to our rates but you get all the benefits of booking with a giant platform like Airbnb, its really up to you. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12687512?preview_for_ml=true&source_impression_id=p3_1580290851_XMo25A6BaQqNzPEV Important; due to our bank policy, we cannot take any incoming bank wires originated in any offshore tax haven, however we can always take the deposit and last payment with credit card/Paypal + 5%. Cryptocurrency to pay your sailing: Catamaran Adventures San Blas also accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum. New payment possibilities are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.




Covid-19: special cancellation conditions to facilitate your reservations


We know that many of our clients will fear, in the event of re-confinement or border closures, losing their deposit or being offered a new postponement of their vacation. We are being asked for quotes on a daily basis, but most of our clients are not ready to book and prefer to wait until the last minute depending on the evolution of sanitary measures and travel restrictions. Book now with our special cancellation conditions including reimbursement of all your payments only in the following cases : - New quotes made starting September 2020. - If the Panamanian borders or of the traveler are officially closed on the date of the cruise. - If a quarantine of 10 days or more is imposed on travelers returning from their vacations. - If non-essential travel is formally prohibited in San Blas on the dates of the cruise. The obligation of a Covid-19 test (PCR) before or after the trip is not a sufficient condition to benefit from a refund. Likewise, disruptions related to international transportation are not a sufficient condition to be reimbursed, once in Panama and if booked trough us, local transports will go through, either by air or land . Full reservation will be reimbursed to the customer if these parameters are met. You still feel anxious....? then book through Airbnb and you will benefit from the absolutely neat reservation conditions from the world´s biggest online travel agency: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12687512 Airbnb does take a commision on our prices. Book soon, do not wait until last minute, only 1/3 of the boats remain available for charter in San Blas. This season will be absolutely wonderful :) almost no tourists, fewer boats and Kuna Indigenous eager to make your stay the experience of your life. We are ready!!!




Covid-19: when can I fly into Panama and do I need to be Covid tested?


Starting October 11th 2020 you may fly into Panama freely, but note that to comply with Panamanian Covid-19 regulations you may either: - Bring with you a personal PCR Covid test certificate issued by any US medical company showing you are free from the virus. Important: test must not be more than 48 hours old. - Accept a PCR test upon arrival and pay for it, price is not yet determided. We urge you to have the PCR test in the US the morning/night or if possible right before your flight into Panama, this way you will go through all the borders swiftly, both Panama and Kuna Yala.




Covid-19: our measures to minimase the impact of Covid-19


Safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts in Panama, UIS and Europe. San Blas as a travel bubble.
In order to maintain a safe environment and address customer concerns, following measures have been implemented
The Crew
- We ask the crew to measure the temperature before charter, wash hands regularly as well as using sanitisers.
- All technical staff at check in wear masks. The yachts
- On the yachts, sanitiser suitable for hands and surfaces are available.
- We disinfect all flat surfaces in between all charters.
- Cleaning staff wear masks and gloves.
- We disinfect all exterior cushions. We will continue to respond to the latest on COVID‑19 with customer and crews safety top of mind. As always, we will strive to create a safe and enjoyable experience for your sailing journey with us.




Are the San Blas islands open for sailboat charters?


We have been asked this question many times and always our answer is "yes". There are two issues to consider: 1st: When the pandemic hit worldwide, the Kuna Congreso took the only option possible on their side and decided to cut the road to access San Blas by closing the border and not letting any tourist in. With that move all the 3 piers normally used by our guests to access our catamarans were just not possible to reach. All that was back in 2020 and beginning of 2021. Border relaxation is expected during the first months of 2021. 2nd: Panamanian law clearly dictates that the Kuna Congreso has absolutely no jurisdiction over the waters of San Blas, cannot enforce any movement restrictions on those waters and of course cannot block the use of any port not located in their land. You may choose either of the two transfers possible. 1 Road transfer from panama City using the secondary road and a water taxi to the catamaran. It takes around 45 minutes more than using the regular road and you will also be picked up and dropped off in the location you specify in Panama City. 2 Meet in Linton Bay Marina, that means you will embark the night before, around 7 pm at no extra cost and very early in the morning we will sail to the San Blas islands, reaching that same morning around 10 Am which is the time you would have embarked using the initial road transfer from Panama City. Saliling time should be around 6 hours but at the end it all depends on the wind direction and intensity. Disembarking will also be done in Linton Bay Marina, expect to be in the marina around 11 am, again similar same time you would have reached Panama City with the old road transfers. Once in San Blas, as always, we will be sailing in the most remote, isolated and pristine islands with very few or mostly non indigenous residents If you desire to visit the Kuna indians by going ashore, normal COVID precautions such as the use of masks and security distances must be respected.




What is the best sailing itinerary for sailing the San Blas islands?


Enjoying the best itinerary depends on the number of days booked, type of transfer in and out preferred and interests or preferences of the guests. Whatever the itinerary, our crewed catamaran charters in San Blas are totally adaptable. More info on San Blas islands itineraries here:




Useful tips for your next trip to the San Blas Islands


These islands are very special in many ways and having a few tips will help you get around. Visit our following post: *** 10 Things To Know Before Your Next Trip To San Blas, Panama




Why is your Pina Colada so famous?


The simplicity in elaboration and the quality of our readily-available ingredients: pineapple, coconut and local Abuelo account for our delicious pina colada. Learn more




How long should we stay?


Any number of days is good, but for those travelers aiming to visit the legendary Dutch Cays or Coco Bandero Cays we recommend a minimum of 4 nights. Catamaran Adventures San Blas offers total flexibility in number of nights booked. Minimum quote is 1.5 nights, that means a late exit at 15:30. More info: How Long Should We Stay In The San Blas Islands?




Do you offer any discounts?


Yes, claim your disount for long duration stays: 7 nights 5% 10 nights 10% 20 nights 20% 30 nights. 40% Discounts not available on Christmas




What makes the San Blas islands special?


When choosing a wild and untouched destination such as the San Blas islands, you are choosing the most idyllic sailing charter destination and the perfect Caribbean getaway. This is not the BVI, nor St Marteen... no constructions, hotels or mass tourism and most important no foreign interference of any kind make this small part of Panama, the only and true Caribbean destination left.




Do you offer any discounts?


Yes, there are discounts available depending on how long you sail: 7 nights -5% 10 nights -10% 20 nights -20% 30 nights -40% Not available on Christmas/Easter




Christmas and Easter. What is the price for those holidays?


Chrismas: +15% Easter: +10%




Can I pay with Bitcoin and Ethereum: Cryptocurrency


Yes, it’s possible, we are in alliance with Coinbase, the leader platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency.





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