San Blas Sailing
San Blas Sailing Charters
NOTE: The Guna Congress has banned the sailing charters in San Blas. We are currently only offering charters in Bocas del Toro.
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About the San Blas Islands (Kuna Yala)
The San Blas Islands make up an Archipelago, also known as the region of Kuna Yala. It is formed by 365 coral islands and remains one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean for sailing. Its original name, Kuna Yala, means “Kuna territory” in Kuna language, and its history goes back 500 years before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, who named it as it is still known today.
The San Blas Islands archipelago covers 125 miles at the northeastern Caribbean coast of Panama. The best and most privileged way to discover the San Blas Islands is by sailing among its white sand islands and peaceful turquoise waters.
The Kuna Indians, who inhabit the San Blas Islands in the same way their ancestors did, have managed to keep the picturesque island scenery unspoiled, avoiding any external resort development in the San Blas Islands.
Most of the Kunas speak only the ancient Indian language of Kuna Yala and have kept their traditions and culture intact for centuries. Their economy is based on trading coconuts, fishing for lobsters, crabs and snappers aboard their ‘ulus’ (hand carved wooden canoes) and specially the worldwide famous ‘molas’, their traditional geometric designs on fabric.
Curious facts: The San Blas islands have been selected as “one of the two best sailing destinations in the world” by Cruising World and Le Monde Voyage magazines. In many occasions the islands have been the scenary of National Geographic articles. San Blas offers pristine nature, without any cruise ships or touristic resorts.
How to get to San Blas Islands (Kuna Yala)?
- - By Airplane: AIR PANAMA has daily flights from Albrook Airport (PAC) in Panama City, to the different small airports in San Blas: El Porvenir (PVE), Corazón de Jesús (CZJ), etc. It’s a 45 minutes flight. Round trip rate: 80 USD approx.
- - By Car: The ride takes two-and-a-half hours by 4×4 truck from Panama City to Cartí. Daily rides available at around 40 USD each way.
* Let us know if you need more information about the airlines connecting your departure city with the Tocumen International Airport (PTY), in Panama City.