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Your catamaran experience in San Blas
We offer the finest selection of hand-picked catamarans in the most idyllic sailing charter destination and the perfect Caribbean getaway: San Blas, Panama. Tailored to your personal preferences by our professional crew, your charter can be as relaxed or adventurous as you desire.
In the Caribbean coast of Panama, along more than 300 km, there is a string of coral islands bathed by crystal clear waters called San Blas; still an unknown paradise, explored by few and dreamed by most. Nearly 350 islands make up this beautiful archipelago that stretches from the Gulf of San Blas until just before the border with Colombia. Home of the Kuna indigenous tribes, this is an exceptional place in the world, famous for its inviting white sand beaches, turquoise waters and coconut tree filled islands.
We now invite you to discover this paradise in the best way possible, on a perfectly equipped crewed and all inclusive catamaran trip.
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Discreetly inhabited since pre-colonial times by the friendly Kuna Indians, these islands retain the ancestral essence of a different world thanks to the Guna indigenous still maintaining their customs and traditions. You will encounter women wearing their traditional molas composed of colourful fabrics and bold patterns supplemented by a number of bracelets and gold earrings. The men are usually engaged in fishing from their wood carved canoes. Their catch is later sold to us or exchanged for goods from the mainland. Do not miss the opportunity to interact with the Guna Yala people, they are truly unique, they do speak their own dialect, but our crew will help you with the translation.
What is there to do?
The archipelago of San Blas offers a unique setting for swimming, fishing and of course, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking. We provide you a mask and all the snorkelling gear to discover an incredible ocean filled with colourful fish and diverse marine life, we might even visit an old sunken ship. Onboard you will also find paddle boards and kayaks free for you to use. Don’ feel active? simply relax on the spacious and comfortable deck while you read a book, or contemplate the scenery while sipping a delicious complimentary pina colada.
Visiting the islands and meeting the Kuna indigenous and their traditional way of living is a must, we accompany you to their tiny huts and island villages if you desire.
Most visited and Instagram famous islands such as Isla Perro, Isla Pelicano, Robenson Island, and Chichime in the San Blas Islands in Panama are indeed charming, but not necessarily the most beautiful and idyllic of the San Blas region, they are simply easy to access with a local land based tour. Our sailing areas, unless requested by guests, don’t cover these islands mentioned, we mainly sail through the most isolated, untouched and natural part of the Dutch Cays and Coco Bandero cays, "paradise within paradise".
Embarking with the right crew with profound knowledge of the area is also key in the San Blas islands sailing trips. Our crew not only knows San Blas like the back of their hand but most importantly LOVE their job.
Traveling with kids is not only possible but absolutely recommended. Kids will enjoy every minute of the sailing trip in this small part of the Caribbean.
How are your catamarans like?
Our catamarans are all modern and spacious CE approved vessels and sailed by professional crew to ensure you take full advantage of these dream islands, thus allowing you to move between them in the most comfortable manner. Luxury hotels in San Blas are non existent and all land-based accommodation in San Blas is limited to backpacker standards.
It is most important to note that some catamarans in San Blas have sometimes a dual purpose and aim at luring in both backpackers and crewed sailing holidays vacationers. Needless to say that standards in itineraries, catamaran layout/maintenance and onboard service demanded by these two types of guests are extremely different. Take that into consideration and make a consistent research when booking your catamaran vacation in the San Blas Islands.
How’s food onboard?
A crewed catamaran experience in San Blas is not only a type of tropical adventure tourism but also food tourism. We understand the relevance of the cuisine as one of the most important issues that define your travel experience. We strive to make food served onboard a new, exotic and unusual experience, a deeper insight into the San Blas islands culture.
Although we adapt meals to our guest preferences; pescatarian diet onboard is the norm simply because that is our closest approach to a Mediterranean type of cuisine. Apart from having fish as a primary protein source in the diet we also include various ingredients, such as locally grown vegetables and tropical fruits. Meat eaters don’t worry, we can also server meat, just let us know.
Fish is normally brought in from the local indigenous fisherman on their wood carved canoes. Different types of snappers, and live lobster along with octopus and at times conch are the usual catch of the day and constitute the basics for the elaboration of our dishes.
We offer an all inclusive service on board: three meals a day, snacks, tropical fruit and cocktails (moderate alcohol consumption).
Adaptation to our menus or elaboration techniques to suit your needs can also be incorporated: keto, vegan, raw... Allergies will also be taken into consideration when elaborating our dishes.
The weather in San blas: what is the best time to come to the San blas Islands?
The weather in San Blas is not exactly like the rest of Panama. San Blas weather is tropical but at the same time quite unique and peculiar due mostly to its location within the Caribbean and the blowing Trade Winds. Other Caribbean sailing destinations like the BVI, Saint Marteen, Antigua and Barbuda, the Grenadines, Grenada etc... also have the Trade Winds blowing, the only difference is that this other areas, unlike Panama and San Blas do have a hurricane season to avoid and that is from June to November.
Sailing the San Blas islands and embarking on a catamaran cruise is possible year round and there is not really an out of season period. Dry and wet seasons are defined for most of the Caribbean, but for San Blas there is another season in between those two.
That 3rd season covers the months after the dry season:
December - April: dry season with no rain and sunny skies, moderate to strong wind. Water visibility in the windiest days is affected. Tourists love the dry season, also known as the high season in San Blas.
May - August: 3rd season, December to August. Variable weather with occasional short duration rain showers and light wind. Perfect water visibility for snorkeling. Low tourism and boats.
September -November: wet season, rain and cloud coverage. If rain is constant which most of the time is not, water visibility can be partly affected by the muddy water flowing from the rivers. Very light wind and no tourist or boats.
How do I get to San Blas and how much does it cost?
We will take care of all the transfers in and out the catamaran. If you plan on booking transfers yourself, please make sure you are dealing with a trustworthy, licensed and reliable company.
Land transport: expect 4 hours/way total time, you will be picked up and dropped in the location you specify in Panama City. Cost is $70/person and it also includes the water taxi. You will leave Panama city at around 5:30 AM, on the way back, expect to be in Panama City at around 12:00 AM. You may also come with your own car, we will recommend the most reliable water taxi and send you a map to the port of San Blas.
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. It’s 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. Contact us and receive the map and instruction on how to get to the port of San Blas.
Flying is a very interesting option, you bypass all border chaos and will land in the most incredible part of San Blas, far away from the border and the islands filled with day tourists from Panama. Entering San Blas by air gives you the perfect start for your vacation, the plane flies over the jungle and then over the cays of San Blas prior to landing right next to the catamaran. No need for a long tedious water taxi transfer. You can depart from Albrook international airport at 7:30 AM or which ever time we agree on. Details and prices here.