Lazing in the paradise archipelago of San Blas

Lazing in the paradise archipelago of San Blas

This tiny island north of Panama is the ideal playground for a Robinson Crusoe.

Imagine 400 coral islands, mostly virgin… Only 50 are populated by the Guna, an indigenous ethnic group inhabiting their own autonomous territory, the Comarca Kuna Yala.

The lifestyle here is a thousand miles from the Panama frenzy, yet you are only a 20-minute flight from the capital, a trip that will transport you into a postcard setting of translucent waters, white sand, colourful flowers, and tropical jungle. Discover the lifestyle of the indigenous locals settled in bamboo huts, and let yourself be seduced by the pretty Molas, richly coloured fabrics characteristic of the Panamanian handicrafts made by Guna women.

Places like Yandup Island Lodge organise forest and beach excursions. The hotels offer a very different standard of comfort than the city; the real luxury lies in the landscape.