San Blas World Second Longest Barrier Reef ?
A narrow, 226km-long strip on runs not west to south east on the Caribbean coast the Archipielago de San Blas stretches from the Golfo de San Blas to the Colombian border.. Known in Panama as Comarca de Guna Yala ( formerly Comarca de San Blas ) it a semi autonomy area in which the Guna tribe exercise some local government authority.
The islands are home to the Guna, who run San Blas as a comarca (autonomous region) with minimal interference from the national government. Following a violent uprising on February 25, 1925, the Guna were granted permission to implement their own system of governance and economy while still maintaining their language, representation in the Panamanian legislature and full voting rights.
Guna Yala is comprised of over 350 islands in the San Blas archipelago, plus a stretch of 200 Km. of virgin rainforest along the coast.
The Weather in San Blas and Panama
Two seasons Good and Better, temps 75 to 90, rainy (with some thunder storms) May to December, with no hurricanes and few story days. The high season for sail boats starts with the arrival of the trade winds December to April the steady 10 to 15 Kts. winds blow and sunny weather is the norm. This is the best season for sailing, kite surfing and surfing.
The rainy season favoured by power boats starts in May and runs through November. This season despite the name is not so rainy, the rains are predictable arriving around 1 pea and over by three pm. Winds are lite with calm seas in summery the perfect season for snorkelling, paddle board and kayaking.
It’s important to note that the Guna people don’t allow tourists to spear fish with tanks or collect coconuts on the islands. Purchase these items from locals, few other provisions for sale so stock up prior to arrival.