Moorings, Sunsail and Dream Yacht Charter in San Blas?
There are no big charter agencies in the San Blas islands because they are not tolerated by the local Guna law. Only small operator and agencies can find equilibrium with the locals inhabitants and the pristine ecosystem.
Old models of equilibrium, coexistence with the natural surrounding and the original inhabitants still persist and are the main factors that differentiate these islands and Caribbean charter destination from others.
With the yacht charter business becoming increasingly popular (yes, even more than before...) and the obvious concentration of companies that offer their services in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, one comes up with the question: how come Moorings, Sunsail, Barefoot and Dream Yacht Charter are not present in San Blas?
Every Caribbean sailing location with possibilities has been targeted by these massive sailing companies that are basically fueled by private investors that become "boat owners" only to lease their new boat back to the company in order to have the right to sail it a couple of weeks a year and make a questionable "profit" that will help in some way with the total cost of the catamaran or monohull in question.
Normal depreciation of the boats and catamarans, poor maintenance jobs, at times reckless treatment from bareboat charter guests and the occasional hurricane like Irma that can destroy whole yacht bases are factors to weigh in before committing to Moorings, SunSail or Dream Yacht.
Hurricane Irma aftermath in the BVIs and and an example on the pressure other Caribbean destinations face.
Back to the matter: the fragile yet wonderfully preserved equilibrium of the islands and the Guna law are factors that have kept the big players out of the San Blas islands, but there are other factors.
Empty anchorages and a myriad of islands to choose from in the San Blas
The whole San blas is dotted with reefs and hidden navigation dangers that are not mapped and are great for snorkeling but can lead to disaster if the crew does not have a profound knowledge of the surroundings and that is something that takes years to achieve. Our captains live in San Blas and navigating through the narrow passages is a day to day thing.
Close ties with the Gunas forged by years of sailing the waters of the archipelago are needed in order not only to be respected and taken into consideration by the locals but also to have the right to sail San Blas and be present in their lives.
Our captains get invited to Guna weddings, and also the local Chicha Fuerte parties that mark special moments in the Gunas and that are held deep in the communities closer to shore. Why would anyone want to miss that? talk about cultural exchange...
This amazing part of the Caribbean can not be structured in a way to serve the interests of the big players and charter agencies and up to know the sailboats and catamarans along with their local crew in San Blas play a huge role in maintaining the equilibrium that was lost in the other sailing destinations around the world.
Relax, let your guard down and let our tem guide you through the last Caribbean Paradise of San Blas.