This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in San Blas Islands.
There are a lot of different islands that make up San Blas Islands, Panama. Do your research as to what each island has to offer as to whether that suits you. If trying to do it yourself, do be careful, as this is still a route commonly used by traffickers moving illegal substances north from Colombia. If booking through a company, they will always look out for you and will never take you anywhere unsafe, and there are always usually a lot of people with these groups as well for social interactions.
The number of San Blas Islands, Panama hostels is currently quite limited, and what exists is located in a part of the islands that is not so easily accessible. Most accommodations in the San Blas Islands are offered through a part of a package deal where the transport and accommodation are organised together. If booking through a San Blas Islands, Panama hostel directly, they can help you organise your transport to and from the hostel in San Blas Islands, Panama, but you will need to pay the locals the cost of passage getting there as you go and this will be expensive (as are most of the glorious San Blas Islands). Your hostel in San Blas Islands, Panama, can also organise passage to and from Colombia as well, if this is something that interests you.
There are no shops on any of the San Blas islands so if you are heading there it is a good idea to stop off and buy some drinks, water and snacks for the duration of the stay. The locals will cook food for you, and depending on whether you've organised a trip yourself or a package deal, you may or may not have to pay for that, so look into how much money you may need before you go because there are also definitely not any ATMs. The islands generally are fairly primitive in the services that they offer so keep that in mind, but it truly is a paradise.
Written by local enthusiast for San Blas Islands hostelsGlobetrotter