Cruises from San Blas Islands
The Panamanian San Blas Islands archipelago of 378 islands and cays (only 49 inhabited) lie 130 km to the NE of the Panama Canal entrance at Colon. This southernmost part of the Caribbean Sea is free of cyclones and popular with eco-tourists, due to the pristine environs and undeveloped tourist industry. The islands’ past history includes the period of the Spanish invasion, notable visits by explorer William Dampier (c. 1679), and pirates’ rendezvous.
Today visit for the white sand, waving palms, turquoise water, and local rule by the Kunas with minimal governance.