TOURISM IN SAN BLAS ISLAND
SAN BLAS ISLAND
The San Blas Islands is a group of islands which are located just off the Caribbean coast of Eastern Panama. The indigenous Kuna Yala tribe have self-governing authority over the islands and a part of the mainland.
The local people the Kuna, are a wonderful example of a how an indigenous people continue to flourish and practice their old age customs surrounded by the modern world. They are friendly and welcoming of tourists. Although the San Blas Islands is their ancestral home, you will also find them selling their wares in Panama City.
The best way to get around in the San Blas area is through by boat, you can visit different islands there within hour and enjoy the calm clear sea of the Island. The food the locals sell isn’t that fantastic but you can get a cheap lobster or red snapper meal. The islands are mostly visited by backpackers that travel by sailboat from Panama to Colombia or from Colombia to Panama. Tourism is growing there and if you want to taste the unspoiled culture you should visit San Blas Islands within a few years.
Electric power is limited, so it is not uncommon for the hotels and homes to operate generators for only a few hours per day. After dark, the moon and stars provide the only light.
There is no ATM anywhere on the islands. It is vital that you bring enough cash to cover your stay on the island.Tule kaya remains the first language of the indigenous people of San Blas Island. However, this is becoming less prevalent with the younger generations, who are for the most part being schooled in Spanish in Panamanian-run public schools in the region. Tule, what the Kuna call themselves and their language, is a spoken language. It is written only phonetically; they do not have their alphabet or written language. Spanish is widely spoken in Kuna Yala, with only older generation Kuna, and a lesser percentage of women speaking only the Kuna language.
A minority of Kuna speak any English so it really helps to have basic Spanish here. However, if you are really stuck, there are plenty of other English speaking guests who can translate for you. So that’s not a problem over there. Other tourists help others who are having problem with the language so there is less probability of being stuck there.
But as mentioned above that on the whole island there is no ATM facility so tourist who are willing to visit the San Blas Island should have enough cash with themselves to enjoy there.
The ocean is beautiful, complete silence because it’s a territory guarded by the nativo Kunas, there is not western Civilization and they control everything that happens there. It is like being in another world. They have fresh fish, crab, lobster in abundance and local beer. Very rustic and hard to get to.
Those islands are so beautiful that they even make you forget the awful road that you need to endure as to get there, the water is calm and emerald, the beach is pristine white, and you get to see fishes all around you while you do snorkeling, there is even a natural pool nearby that is just wonderful.
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