Best Hotels to Stay in San Blas by Car
First of all, we need to say there are no “hotels” in San Blas as we know it in the city, all the accommodations are huts made by the kunas. Given that San Blas is a protected zone by the kunas, they are the only people allowed to service the tourism in all fronts: lodging, food, transportation, guides etc, therefore San Blas is not only the 2nd ATTRACTION in Panama, right after Panama Canal, but it is also a complete adventure to meet their culture, how the work and how they think. They are pretty peaceful, they are never in a rush, they don’t get frustrated and everything is done very calm, so please consider this, as you will need to have long waiting time almost for everything – to get to the boat, to be picked up and to be served, once you are mentally advised and prepared, then you will enjoy at its best this little paradise.
Each island is served by a family, normally there are only one or two families in each island to take care of it.
No 4. Island Nubesidup
The beach of this island is one of my favorites, the mood of this island quiet and peace, it is a very small Island 30min from Carti port with only 5 huts, very private and not very crowded. The owner keeps the island very clear and with a touch of charm, they have a hammock above the sea, where you can rest and make amazing pictures. They like to have foreign people, with no very loud music. Bathrooms are shared.
3. Island Aguja
No3. Island Aguja. (Cabins with private bathroom)
Island Aguja is a super tiny island which is only 15 minutes from the port, it is the closest island with the best infrastructure, which makes it ideal for small kids or babies. They have 3 amazing huts with wooden floor, terrace, and private bathroom, and they also have huts for lower budgets and even camping. These is a crowded island normally on weekends, but it is worth for only 1 night or Day tour.
They have many options of food such as fried fish, shrimps, lobster among others. Other facilities: Volleyball court, umbrellas, chairs for rent.
No 2. Island Narasgandup - Huts Over the sea
No 2. Narasgandup Naranjo Chico (Cabins Over the sea)
This is a great island also recommended for families. They have 5 huts, 2 above the sea with terrace, private bathroom, and wooden floor, and 3 at the beach also with wooden floor and private bathroom. Ausel is great, he has raised his son in the island and he is very friendly, the people always come back with a great experience from here. Breakfast normally includes fruits, which is a plus in San Blas. The island is size medium, with amazing sunset views, and very nice lightening during the night.
1. Island Waily Lodge - Cabins Over the sea
No 1. Waily Lodge (Cabins Over the sea)
This is a little paradaise in all the senses in SanBlas, it is the closest service to an hotel in the city. The owner Mr. Toño had a course on architecture, and he designed these very original cabins over the sea with terrace, and private bathroom, they also have huts at the beach with private bathroom and wooden floor. A big restaurant over the sea with delicious fresh food, the manager trained his chef with the Sheraton hotel, the food is tasty but not as fancy 😊. There are starfishes all around the island, feel free to explore below the huts, this is the place where they hide. Amenities includes volleyball court, restaurant, showers at the beach. Soon they will create their own swimming pool where you can swim with lobsters and starfishes. Very calm island and friendly staff. Mr Heraldo will be there for anything you need.