Stay on Your Own Private Island
The San Blas Islands in the Caribbean waters of Panama are a remote archipelago consisting of more than 300 islands, all with white-sand beaches, swaying palms, and clear turquoise waters. Fewer than 50 of the islands are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, the indigenous people of these lands, and sparsely inhabited at that: many islands are home to only a single family. On a recent trip with Aventuras Panama, one of Panama's top adventure travel companies with over 20 years of experience, we visited the San Blas Islands and got to stay on our own private island for four days. An incredible adventure, this is not a trip for someone who wants a plush hotel room and A/C. We camped in tents, with no plumbing or electricity. What you get is a rich experience in nature that is difficult to find these days—a true opportunity to remove yourself from technology and the hustle of modern life, and to immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors. Aventuras Panama takes care of all of the details: the camping equipment, food, water, and supplies. And with experienced guides who cook fantastic meals, your biggest decisions will be which island you'll sea kayak to, whether to snorkel or read in a hammock, and which Panamian cerveza you'd like to enjoy next.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor