The San Blas Islands is the perfect place to kick back and relax, because on these isolated islands there little else to do but chill out and enjoy your stunning surroundings.
We set off from Cartagena in Colombia on a sailboat with three crew members and six other travellers for five days of exploring the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama.
We’d been told to expect rough seas for the first few days as we set off across open waters and towards the calmer shores of San Blas. While some of us (Rod) didn’t cope so well with the rolling open seas, it was an amazing time for me to kick back with a book and enjoy the vast blue waters that surrounded us.
Arriving earlier than expected, thanks to the seasonal currents that gave our boat a bit of a boost, we awoke on day 2 to the beautiful sight of slowly swaying palm trees and brilliant white stretches of sand at the first of our many stops around the San Blas Islands.
The next three days were spent swimming, snorkelling, slowly wandering around each of the tiny islands we stopped at. Every now and then we’d find an inhabited island and swam our way to shore to enjoy slightly-too-competitive impromptu games of volleyball whenever we came across an island with that perfect combination of cold beers and an upright volleyball net.
Five days passed far too quickly with our established routine of eat, swim, drink, repeat as we enjoyed each others company, amazing fresh lobsters grilled right before our eyes and the chance to chill out with the locals in their unique patch of paradise.