The incredible, 365-island archipelago within the communal lands of the Guna Yala indigenous nation is one of the most celebrated seaside experiences in the Western Hemisphere. A virgin land, entirely resort-free, it features gorgeous white-sand beaches, turquoise seas, and a one-of-a-kind encounter with Guna culture. Visitors lodge in natural-material huts (cane walls and interwoven palm-frond roofs) or—if you’re in the mood—under the stars in palm-strung hammocks. Local women sport colorful dress made in style known as mola, a traditional Gula artisanal weaving technique. A highway was built several years back that lets you move from Panama City to Puerto de Cartí in as few as two hours.
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