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San Blas: Where is it and what’s it like?

San Blas is an incredible archipelago of virgin islands in the Caribbean off the coast of Panama.

Calm and transparent anchorage in the sea of San Blas
San Blas Panama Islands

With crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches lined with coconut trees, San Blas is the one true Caribbean

this is one of the deserted islands of the archipelago of San Blas
San Blas Islands

San Blas consists of 365 islands, one for each day of the year! With less than 50 of the islands inhabited, the majority are pristine - the quintessential deserted island.

Cayos Holandeses in the San Blas Archipelago
San Blas Archipelago

The inhabited islands are equally fascinating. There you’ll find traditional communities of Kuna Indians. The Kuna have ruled the San Blas islands as an autonomous indigenous community for a hundred years, and they have conserved their unique lifestyle and arts. They also play an important role as stewards of the virgin rainforest on Panama’s mainland.

A traditional Kuna woman making handicrafts
Kuna Woman

As an autonomous indigenous community, the Kuna have been able to preserve their islands as an untouched paradise. That’s because no one except the Kuna can build or develop the San Blas islands.

Kuna woman prepares traditional smoked iguana for festivities
traditional Kuna Woman

This unique opportunity to experience pure Nature comes with the acceptance of a lack of infrastructure. Here, you won’t find unlimited fresh water; electricity is rationed; and, except for a few islands, you’ll be disconnected from Wifi and the internet. The San Blas islands are for those who want to disconnect from the world and connect totally with Nature.

How can you enjoy this incredible Paradise? You can choose to be a guest on a sailboat or a catamaran. Or you can stay in a Kuna cabina on one of the 365 islands of the San Blas archipelago.

Cabanas and islands  of San Blas
Cabanas and islands of San Blas

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