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Internet Access in San Blas: What You Need to Know

Discover What Connectivity Options Are Available on the San Blas Islands

In today's digitally connected world, staying online is often a priority, even when venturing into remote paradise locations. The San Blas Islands, renowned for their pristine beauty and tranquil surroundings, are no exception. However, the question of internet availability in such a secluded destination is a common concern for travelers. In this post, we'll explore the realities of internet access in the San Blas Islands, offering tips and insights to help you stay connected while enjoying your tropical getaway.

Back to the question at hand, the answer is yes, there is, but not everywhere. Dutch Cays and BBQ islands or the Pool for example, do not have internet nor cellular signal or the quality of the service is extremely poor. Check our internet coverage map and be prepared for your next catamaran charter in the San Blas islands.

Aerial view of the Pool and BBQ island in the outer cays of San Blas with no urban development and no internet service, but known for its pristine beauty.
The Pool and BBQ island in the outer cays of San Blas with no urban development, stand out for its pristine beauty.

>> Check out our post: Is Starlink Internet Available in San Blas? We are installing free broadband internet access on our catamarans in San Blas.>>

Internet and cellular coverage in the San Blas islands does not include all parts of the Guna Yala region. There are very few antenas and the ones there are, do not reach the whole archipelago. When booking your next San Blas islands sailing charter and if you require internet onboard for work purposes, or simply for a way of being in touch with the "real world", please let us know in advance and we will adapt our itinerary to meet your connectivity demand.

Below is a signal coverage map to know which islands in San Blas have internet available:

A Map showing which islands in San Blas have internet.

Our catamaran sailing charters in the San Blas islands have internet which is mostly provided by our captains hotspot and it can be used by our guests but limitations in data transfer imposed by local operators limit substantially the amount of data our hotspots can deliver.

The absolute best for being connected to the internet is to buy a Tigo sim card and top it up with an internet plan once in Panama. It's extremely cheap and you will have full internet for just a few $. You can buy sim cards very easily in any conveniente shop in the streets of Panama City. Do not buy sim cards at the airport arrival, they inflate the price there.

You also have roaming in San Blas if your phone is configured for that matter. Do check with your home operator for roaming rates.

In conclusion, internet access in the San Blas Islands is available but limited in some spots. Honestly, we see this as a unique characteristic that provides a rare opportunity to disconnect from the digital world and fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of the archipelago.

No internet in Dutch Cays or Cayos Holandeses in San Blas, but who cares!

Embrace the chance to engage with your surroundings, connect with local culture, and enjoy quality time with your travel companions. Though staying connected may be challenging at times, the experience of a digital detox in such an idyllic setting can be incredibly rewarding.

A small paradise island in San Blas.
Welcome to Paradise.

So, prepare accordingly and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable, unplugged adventure in the San Blas Islands!


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