A Day in the Neighborhood: The San Blas Islands

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This “Day in the Neighborhood” features a day while staying on Aridup (Isla Iguana) in the San Blas Islands. The San Blas territory is not a place of real estate developments; there are no banks, no grocery stores, and no conveniences of everyday living. San Blas is a very special place to visit and interact with a tribe of people that are smart, believe in nature and beauty, are handy, and many of them very creative people.

Leave from your Panama City Apartment at 6am on route to the San Blas Islands. Many people do not know this but the drive to San Blas only takes about an hour and 45 minutes then just about 15 minutes by boat to Aridup (if you stay on a different island then it might take longer by boat).

The Kuna family that owns the island also lives there and has big bungalows that are simple and rustic.  For just $45 per person per night you can stay there with 3 meals a day and be surrounded by crystal clear Caribbean waters, white sand, and waving palm trees.

Tropical Paradise on Isla Perro

Tropical Paradise on Isla Perro

The father of the Kuna family runs the island with his sons and some friends. They are very organized and are helpful with arranging travel and making you feel comfortable. Please feel free to contact us if you would like their information.

After you eat, you plant your towel down on the sand; enjoy the sun, the water, and play a little volley ball with the other guests on the island.
Before you know it, it’s time for lunch and you are sure in for a treat! Lunch is fresh Island Lobster with coconut rice and vegetables. Wash this down with a cold Balboa beer and you are ready for your siesta on the hammock between two palm trees.

Once you wake from your slumber you decide to partake in the 2 hour boat tour to Isla Perro to go Snorkeling in the crystal blue waters where the sunken ship exists. Not only is the Island of Isla Perro stunning but the snorkeling is full of brightly colored fish swimming around a huge Spanish Sail boat from many years ago.

You head back to Isla Iguana just in time for sunset cocktails with your friends and talk about how wonderful the day was swimming, playing, relaxing, and talking with the Kuna people about their beautiful lifestyle.

After a delicious dinner of fresh seafood you stay up a little longer to gaze at the stars, listen to some guitar (played by one of the Kuna sons who is also a musician), and have some fun with friends before an early night falling asleep to the palm trees blow in the wind.

If you have any questions about travel to and from San Blas, please do not hesitate to contact us at Live Invest Panama.

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