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Panama - San Blas Islands

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Our stop in Panama was convenient for our forward journey to other destinations, and we also had the opportunity to visit the San Blas Islands. When we were travelling in the north of Colombia we heard lots about the San Blas Islands as it's a popular trip to sail between Panama and Colombia via the San Blas Islands.

Since they recently upgraded the road it's much faster to reach the islands from Panama City (approx. 2hrs in a car, then a short boat ride depending on which island you're heading to), however it is a roller coaster of a road, be careful if you get motion sick! The Islands are an archipelago comprising approximately 378 small islands, of which only 49 are inhabited. They are small sandy islands covered in palm trees, and pretty much define 'tropical island paradise'. We weren't really sure what to expect in terms of accommodation and facilities and we were in for a bit of a surprise. The inhabitants are indigenous and live in a traditional way, which was great to experience.

We payed for an all inclusive home stay with some locals which included all meals, accommodation and boat transport to explore some of the islands. The downside? The facilities were well, rustic. The toilet? Perched directly over the ocean. Shower? A bucket. Still, it didn't take anything away from how beautiful the islands were. Some no bigger that a football field, with palm trees, white sand, crystal clear water, tropical coral and fish, not to mention giant star fish! Camping in a small tent and exploring these islands was fantastic, and we had some great sunny weather. Isla Perro even had a ship wreck from 100 years ago which Paul spend hours exploring. Then a group of us decided to take on the challenge of a swim to a neighbouring island, well it looked fairly close..!

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San Blas is an ideal getaway for back packers, and if you're after something slightly more comfortable we hear there are islands with resorts which are a little less basic!

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 22:30 Archived in Panama

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