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The Sailing Experience in San Blas is located in Masargantupo. Located on the beachfront, this property has a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The San Blas islands are a great place to visit, and sailing from island to island surely beats staying in only one place. The sailboat is great and the hosts (Aki and Lorena) are extremely welcoming. I would recommend staying on a sailboat to anyone traveling to San Blas so you get to visit multiple islands, and definitely in this boat. Two full days were good enough to get to know the place, but I left wanting more. Every island offers something unique, from fresh caught fish, lobster, and crabs, interacting with the native Kunas, to awesome snorkeling and white sand beaches. The car ride from Panama City is short (2.5 hrs) and the motorboat transfer from the shore to the sailboat is also easy (~30 minutes). The host will help you plan the transportation, but make sure you account for time and the additional expenses per person (approximately $100 USD for the car, $50 USD for the boat, and $25 USD for entrance fees and taxes).
Offering sea views, Arridup Island, San Blas in Mamartupo has accommodations and a terrace. The lodge offers a continental or American breakfast. Everything! Remarkable that these places exist. As beautiful as the photos: clean with white sand, gorgeous faded palms, and amazing snorkel. Island was with ten or so Guna people and up to ten or so guests, though at times it felt we were alone. Interaction with the Guna was limited, as we didn’t speak Guna or much Spanish, but they were very friendly to us. The stay was even more remarkable after I learned about this autonomous indigenous society. Also best snorkeling I have had off shore, we had a stingray and several other fish and coral. We took a boat tour to nearby islands which I highly recommend, and saw starfish, a beautiful sand bar and other islands. Arridup may be the absolute best we encountered though! It’s something you could only see on poster. For exotic beach, culture, or destination junkies, this a must experience before colliding with global warming and sea level rise. Bring biodegradable trash bags (standard at discount grocery ex: Justo & Bueno) and baby wipes. The hut served three meals a day and carried cold water and beer for $2. Two nights were perfect as we naturally craved sand free hot showers and comfort. I do not recommend driving as roads were insane with massive potholes for hours. If you get a flat tire you royally screwing a queue of visitors en route to the port.