When considering Panama as your holiday destination, you will find mainly two options for booking your stay, San Blas in the Caribbean side and on the Pacific side you can explore Contadora island and Las Perlas Archipelago. These two options are part of main areas for your vacations in Panama, all are tropical so be prepared for warm temperatures and ocasional rain, also be prepared for Panama City, the city has has a tremendous growth in population in the past years and traffic at times can be chaotic.
Contadora Islas, Las perlas resort
Contadora Island tours run directly from the main port of Panama City and many of the excursions can be booked directly next to the port offices, remember, this is the Pacific side of Panama. Excursions to Las perlas is common day getaway in Panama for locals, avoid weekends and rule out also main festivities because the few islands accesible will be packed.
Sailing vacations in Las Perlas or any other charter vacations are limited due to the persistent adverse weather on the Pacific side of Panama, note that the Pacific side has seen huge private development in the past years and now, as an alternative to any boat charter in Las Perlas, you can find all included resorts which makes it easy to book a stay in Contadora.
On the Caribbean side, three hours away by 4x4 jeep from Panama, you will find San Blas, no big tourist development there since the Kuna Yala law prohibits any resorts in San Blas, hotels in San Blas are not allowed and the only accommodation in San Blas is on the all inclusive sailing vacations, either on catamaran or sailboat, or on any of the local Kuna hostels.
San Blas sailing vacations