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How's the Weather in the San Blas islands?

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San Blas weather is straightforward and welcoming throughout the year. The winter is dry and sunny, while the summer may have occasional and non persistent rain. No hurricanes on record make the San Blas islands risk free from major disturbances.

Here’s a breakdown to help you decide the perfect time for this Caribbean sailing adventure.

 

High season: Winter (Middle November to late April)

 

Highlights:

  • Weather: Warm and dry, with average temperatures ranging from 77°F to 82°F (25°C to 28°C). You may or may not need a catamaran with A/C depending on your heat toleration

  • Sailing Conditions: Steady trade winds and calm seas make for smooth sailing. San Blas does have it’s own share of strong Christmas winds but this circumstance will not affect your sailing charter since the sailing areas are behind the protection of the coral ring and cays. No waves and no major alterations.

  • Activities: Ideal for snorkelling, swimming, paddle boarding, and exploring islands like Cambombia, Green Island, Bapurgana and the Cays. Meeting the indigenous at least for a bit is a must!

 

Why Winter? Winter is peak season in the whole Caribbean, attracting many travelers and sailing charter enthusiast looking to escape colder climates. The weather is near perfect, with minimal rainfall and pleasant temperatures. This is an excellent time for those who prefer to have other boats and visitors around. However, it’s wise to book your catamaran charter well in advance, as demand is very high and catamarans in San Blas are just a few, specially the good ones fully equipped and big enough.

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Low season: Summer (May to beginning of November)

Highlights:

  • Weather: Warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from 81°F to 88°F (27°C to 31°C). Please book a catamaran with A/C if possible and use it at least to sleep. You need a good night’s sleep in order to be prepared for next day. If you are an adventurer and can sleep with hot weather, go ahead and reserve any other catamaran that best suits your needs.

  • Sailing Conditions: Light winds and very calm seas, though occasional showers are possible, humidity quickly dissipates.

  • Activities: Family-friendly adventures, vibrant snorkelling, amazing reefs. Thanks to the flat seas and no wind conditions, you can easily spot marine wildlife such as dolphins, turtles, sharks, etc.

Flat sea conditions are excellent for spotting marine life

Why Summer? Summer is an excellent time for families and those looking to enjoy an even more relaxed pace and a closer, totally undisturbed encounter with the San Blas natural wonders. The islands have no other visitors and the ocean is absolutely clear, warm and perfect for swimming and other water sports. Yes, it may occasionally rain, but chances of persistent rain is highly unlikely. Be prepared for a low season intimate experience, it will be life changing.

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Regardless of the season, the San Blas islands are blessed with unique conditions that make it favourable and completely safe to venture into with no prior knowledge of sailing.

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