One of my favorite travel pleasures is that feeling of being inside a movie. You look around and think to yourself: Wow! So this place is real?
And that’s exactly how I felt visiting San Blas, in Panama. It felt like one of those movies that take place in an desert island: White sand, clear water, palm trees, all the different kinds of blue of the sea… Almost too good to be true. Except it isn’t
After living almost 2 months in Panama City I finally visited San Blas. The chosen island was Isla Chichime, located after a 50-minute boat ride from the San Blas’ port. Long story short: I’m in love! ♡
In this first trip to San Blas – because now I know how to get there I’ll be going all the time! – I decided to visit Isla Chichime, one of the biggest islands. You can walk around the whole place in about half an hour (that’s how “big” it is!). In Isla Chichime you find a restaurant, bathroom, electricity, camping area and cabins furnished with beds – which, in San Blas, is kind of a big deal!
Even though there is a good structure in this island, we decided to make only a day trip this first time, and that’s pretty easy to do if you are in Panama City. Tiresome, but totally worthy it! To get there, you have a 2:30 hours drive + the boat time that varies depending on the island you chose. The boatmen usually leave the San Blas port around 8 AM and pick you up at the island from 2 to 3 PM. All my tips on the boatmen contacts can be found at the San Blas Guide.
As soon as our boat arrived in the island we had this surprise: all these different shades of blue I didn’t even known existed! Just amazing!
We walked for about 5 minutes to a white-sand shore, where we set our beach chairs and tent to enjoy the day. That’s the thing when you have a desert beach almost to yourself, right? Relax and enjoy! 🙂
The sea is great here and it’s a good spot for snorkelling! The water was a bit fussy so our photos were not so clear, but we still had a great vision! And very close to the shore, another surprise: a starfish!
Lunch was included in this trip to the island. Lunch in San Blas is basically fish or seafood. Everything is very fresh – in fact, if you pay attention, might even see the kunas returning from a fishing trip. Simple and yet very tasty!
Right after lunch we went into a short boat trip until a natural pool in the middle of the sea, called Piscina. It’s not exactly an island, more of a sand bank. That water was the most amazing one I have ever seen! Translucent, warm and with another dozen kinds of blue, besides more starfish and lots of seashells. It’s a perfect spot for more snorkelling, which is just what we did until we were tired of it.
After this amazing day, it was time to say goodbye. That’s the moment when we were super tired but, really, still worthy every second of it!
After discovering this little part of San Blas, I can say for sure: this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve even seen! It is, in fact, a sample of paradise on Earth.