San Blas Islands, Panama

The San Blas Islands are located along
the Caribbean coast of Panama east of
the Panama Canal and stretch almost
to the Colombian border in a series of
approximately 350 islands, of which no
more than 50 are inhabited by the
Guna Indians.  Only a 20-minute plane
ride, or 2 1/2-hour truck ride  from
Panama City, a trip to the San Blas
islands will transport you centuries into
the past. The friendly Guna Indians,
who run all the islands as an
autonomous province, have maintained
their own economic system, language,
customs and culture, with distinctive
dress, legends, music and dance. The
area is surrounded by reefs, and offers
wonderful sailing, snorkeling, and
swimming opportunities. One of the
best ways to visit these islands is on a
sailing charter.

For a slide show overview starting in
Portobello, Panama and ending in the
San Blas Islands (Guna Yala) check
this out....
San Blas Islands Pictures

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Bocas del Toro, Panama

The Bocas del Toro Archipelago is
located along the Caribbean coast of
Panama, west of the Panama Canal
and only a 30-minute plane ride from
San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City.
This cruising ground consists of 2 large
bays, 8 major islands, and over 200
minor islets. The local population
includes Creoles and indigenous
Indians. Bocas del Toro provides a
great vacation mix - quaint Caribbean
towns with hotels, restaurants, and
night life, surrounded by the protected
bays with stunning reef systems,
mangrove islets, island rain forests and
local indigenous villages.
About Sailing Vessel Southern Belle

Southern Belle is a 42-foot Fontaine Pajot, Venezia  catamaran sailboat.  Well
maintained and fully equipped for an island cruise,  Southern Belle is owned
and operated by George and Melinda Salley, both environmental geologists  
who sailed it from California 7 years ago to explore the Americas.  

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Southern Belle is available for crewed charter holiday for a day, a weekend, a
week, or more to explore the islands of Panama.   All inclusive sailing tours

  • Three delicious meals daily with local seafood (in season)
  • Fresh water, coffee, tea, juice
  • Snorkel equipment, fishing, kayaks, beach games
  • Visiting indigenous villages
  • Island hiking and exploration

Jungle hiking in Panama, San Blas
Dolphins enjoying the bay
Mola shopping in Kuna Yala, San Blas
Dolphin viewing San Blas
Snorkel San Blas Islands
Kayak Bocas del Toro and San Blas Islands
Beach Bonfire in the islands
Tuna Fish, Panama
Guna culture, San Blas islands
Amazing coral reef islands of San Blas
Join us to experience the islands of  Panama on Southern Belle Panama Sailing