SAN BLAS PANAMA
Just imagine this scene – you are lying in a hammock, a gentle sea breeze in your hair. Your favorite book in your right hand, freshly open coconut in the left one. You slip your gaze to the white sand beach with beautiful turquoise water. You hear nothing, just some local kids playing in the coconut forest on the other side of the island. The other side of the island is mere 50 meters away. That is right, you stay on an island, which you can walk around under 9 minutes in a really SLOW pace. Welcome to San Blas islands.
Sounds like another super-fancy super-expensive holidays like Galapagos or Maldives, right? Wrong. Or, at least if you know where to take a look. While many of Guna Yala travel agencies are selling a stay at their island at booking.com for hundreds of USD per night, there is still chance to book cheap with a family at San Blas Islands and spend just 35-40 dollars per night, all meals included.
In exchange for that you may enjoy such a peace of mind, difficult to find anywhere else. Why? Because most of San Blas islands still don’t get covered by cell phone signal, which means you finally may get off the grid. Even electricity or hot water are scarce, which really leaves you no option than just to finally relax and “do nothing”.
And by doing nothing we mean do all the things you ever wanted. Read books. Sleep a lot. Listen to podcasts. Sunbath. Collect shells. Exercise. Train yoga. Play volleyball. Plan your new business. Improve the current one. Learn Spanish. Drink a lot of fresh coconuts. Meet new nationalities. Make new friends. Drink, dance and party. Watch sun set. Build a bonfire. Fall in love. Play card or desk games. Go snorkeling. Discover local culture.
Or explore surrounding islands. There are 378 beautiful islands to be discovered, many of them having excellent beaches or snorkeling opportunities. Just talk to your hosting family and they can arrange you a trip made just for you. If you go in a group, such a trip can be anywhere between 10-20 USD per person and you will have a time of your life.
And food? It is excellent here, especially if you love fish. Most of the days you dine on some of the tastiest fishes caught in the Caribbean sea, while time to time you get a chance to eat also something special as an octopus or even a lobster.
You will spend your nights breathing a fresh open-sea air, since the romantic cabañas made of reed are just a few meters from the beach front. San Blas islands are one of the most unique places in the world and anyone adventurous should go there fast, before the technology arrive and covers this part of the world with cell signal or too many power plants.
This hidden paradise won’t stay hidden forever and you have your last chance to see it while still largely intact. Google up San Blas Panama for possible stays on islands or head to www.sanblas-gunayala.com to get the cheapest accommodation we could find.