GOOD TO KNOW
– Be prepared to live for 5 days totally disconnected from the outside world. No network, no Wifi, nothing….no restaurant, no shops, no bars…you are in the middle of an archipelago that is still wild and virgin.
– The San Blas islands or Guna Yala is composed by a strip of continental land and around 378 islands, mostly small and uninhabited. There is no marina, no dock, and no infrastructures in San Blas islands.
– Beware that you will need to show your passport when you transfer from Panama City to the Guna Yala territory so keep it handy.
– Some islands are inhabited by a family or two of Indians Kuna, native people who mostly still live according to their ancestral way of life. No shopping here, but the kuna’s art craft is really worth a look.
– The sailing is great, you will get constant trade winds of 10/20 knots during dry season (December/April) and calm seas between the islands. During the wet season, we don’t get that much rain, but the wind is less steady, so the waters are more calm, perfect for snorkeling. However during the wet period it might start to be to hot and there are a lot of mosquitoes.
– All the food is stocked and prepared by the crew on the boat, but we recommend you to bring your favorite snacks and biscuits, some beers and wine as well. You will only eat fish, vegetables and fruits. No meat will be prepared on the boat.
– If your skipper don’t catch a fish, you need to be prepared not to eat any fish that day…unless you get the visit of a Kuna’s with their catch of the day.