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5 Differences Between Chartering a Catamaran in the San Blas Islands and the BVIs

With all inclusive yacht charters becoming increasingly popular and with all major charter destinations booked out for months, we give you a few details and main differences between sailing the BVIs and San Blas to help you decide on your next holidays.

San Blas islands or the BVI
Example of anchorage in San Blas

Both destinations are relatively easy to access from continental US and are considered safe for all types of travelers.

Major differences between the BVIs and San Blas are the following:

1.Cost might look higher in San Blas but once you add up extra costs such as fuel expenses, taxes, food and the occasional night out in the BVIs you will not notice much difference in the cost of both holidays. In fact, visiting San Blas can be cheaper simply because it is not an established tourist destination and local residents, as well as business owners, appreciate your company and the cultural exchange rather than the $.

2.San Blas is not the place to be seen or socialize with other boaters, no hotels, no major party scene, no bars worth mentioning and no bling bling at all. Just pure untouched nature, hundreds of islands and cays, and unspoiled anchorages with no cruise ships in sight in the San Blas islands.

San Blas Pricate catamarans
San Blas is the ideal destination for those seeking virgin beaches far from tourism. Only 49 islands in the archipelago are inhabited. Chances are you'll find more than one island just for yourself

3.Bareboat charters are not possible in San Blas but they are permitted in the BVIs, USVIs and other major Caribbean sailing destinations, that means less boats and no reckless or inexperienced sailors to be seen.

4.Cultural shock might hit you hard in the San Blas islands but if dossed properly and with the help of our local crew, will definitely enrich you. Guna Yala (San Blas islands) were never colonized. Other major sailing grounds and popular charter destinations in the Caribbean and ex-colonies have a similar cultural background to probably yours and although not as enriching, should be easier to integrate with.

Guna indigenous culture
Guna indigenous

5. When attempting to book your transfers from Panama City to San Blas islands by your own, you will notice that if you attempt to do this on your own, it is not as straightforward as other destinations. There has been a significant reduction in the price of flying from to San Blas to Corazon de Jesus, the airstrip deep in the Guna Yala region is a stone throw away from the cays. Let us handle the booking of all your transfers.

Activities in San Blas, snorkelling and swimmig
The crystal clear waters in San Blas make it the best spot to snorkel in Panama

Whether you're drawn to the untouched beauty of the San Blas Islands or the vibrant atmosphere of the BVIs, chartering a catamaran promises an unforgettable adventure. Each destination offers its own unique charm and experiences, ensuring that every sailor finds their perfect paradise on the open seas.


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