A stay on Isla Nubesidup in the San Blas Islands feels like staying on your own private little island. This tiny island has only a handful of cabins and hardly ever gets busy. It is run by a lovely Kuna family that will welcome you with open arms into their home.
This is a perfect stay for everyone looking for a relaxing escape far away from the hustle-bustle of the city and from the crowds. You’ll find a gorgeous sand beach, simple but charming cabins and crystal-clear water right in front of you on this lovely little island!
We organise the transport from Panama City to the island and back and your stay on the island of a local family. The family & their staff will take care of you incl. taking you on an afternoon tour to visit nearby islands during your stay. Our package includes the transport from Panama City to the port, the boat ride to the island, accommodation, meals and one afternoon tour.
Standard Packages: Pick-up on Day 1 at 5-5:30am in Panama City, Final Day: departure from the island after breakfast with arrival in Panama City at noon/1pm.
Add-on “Late Departure”: Departure from the island on the final day in the afternoon, arrival in Panama City at ca. 7pm.
Price (per person)
You can book via the homepage (pick your desired date in the calendar and choose for how many nights you’d like to come) or book via email at email@example.com.
Payment is in cash on the day of the tour (US Dollars only). If this is not possible, we also accept payment via PayPal or bank transfer for an additional fee. Please reach out for details.
The package you are currently looking at is a “regular Island stay”, meaning you choose the island for a multi-day stay and will spend a few relaxed days mostly on this island. The local family who is running the island will take care of you: they pick you up at the port in their boat and bring you to their island, where you spend most of the time for the duration of your trip. This family also takes you on an afternoon tour to visit nearby islands. It is not a guided tour, but can be booked just like a regular hotel – as long as there is availability, you can choose the time and duration of your stay and your visit is independent of other guests.
On the other hand, our 3-day San Blas Island Hopping tour is a guided group tour, which runs every 3 days on defined dates and for a fixed duration of 3 days. It is designed to provide you with all the highlights the San Blas Islands have to offer including plenty of activities such as snorkeling and visiting a Kuna village. During the Island Hopping trip, you will sleep on two different islands and spend the majority of the day exploring different islands. It is a much more active tour than the regular island stay described above.
During the afternoon tour (included in the package), the island will take you to one or several nearby islands. The exact itinerary depends on the weather, season and availability of the islands.
We organise the pickup at your hotel in Panama City – we recommend staying in the main tourist areas around Casco Viejo, Cinto Costera, Punta Pacifica, Obarrio, Marbella and San Fransisco or Tocumen & Albrook Area.
We can also pick you up in Veracruz/Playa Bonita for an additional charge (and earlier pickup times!).
Since you will spend most of your time out in nature, please dress accordingly and bring the following:
Wrap sensitive items and put them in a waterproof bag during the boat ride. Keep your passport and cash with you during the car ride for the passport check and entrance fee payment.
We advise to bring only as little luggage as necessary because space in the cars and the boat is limited. Often you can arrange with your hotel/hostel to leave your luggage there. Recommended maximum is one luggage item plus a small carry-on. Suitcases are not impossible but harder to handle (ever tried pulling a suitcase through sand ?). It is possible that your luggage has to be transported on top of the car if space is limited.
Yes, this trip is absolutely suitable for children and they usually love it! The San Blas Islands are a great place for families to enjoy a fun and adventurous vacation together. Children can explore the beautiful beaches, go swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters, and learn about the unique Kuna culture. Kuna people are very welcoming and love to interact with children, making it a great cultural experience for kids.
It’s important to bring sunscreen, hats, and other protective gear to keep children safe from the sun and sea and sufficient water to stay hydrated.
We recommend that children are at least old enough to walk when visiting the islands and keep in mind that most places do not have special baby equipment (baby beds, baby seats or special food/drinkable water).
If you have any specific questions or concerns about bringing children on the trip, please feel free to contact us.
Most islands provide snorkel equipment to rent, although we highly recommend bringing your own if possible, just to be sure.
Food options across the San Blas islands are very similar. With your accommodation package, you will have 3 meals a day of set menus included. The typical dishes are a source of protein (freshly caught fish or fried chicken) with rice or plantains and some vegetables, salad or beans/lentils. For vegetarians and vegans, the dishes are similar but without the chicken and fish. Lobster can sometimes be ordered for an additional charge (during the season). Pasta or processed food is typically not eaten or served on the islands.
Please inform us in case of food allergies.
The San Blas Islands experience a tropical climate with relatively consistent temperatures throughout the year and is worth a visit year-round! The weather is mainly influenced by the Caribbean Sea and the trade winds and can vary between sectors and islands. Generally speaking:
It is possible that outside of the dry season you will experience some rain during this trip. That doesn’t mean that it rains nonstop. Instead, there are good chances that it might rain every day, but if so then most likely in the afternoon as a quick downpour followed by sunshine. Since temperatures will still be warm, even when it’s raining, and you’ll still have sun, visits to the San Blas Islands will still be enjoyable. In fact, that’s what Panamanians do – visit the beach all year long.
The island operates throughout the year. In the rare event of extreme weather conditions, it may be necessary to cancel or modify the itinerary of your stay, we will of course keep you informed in that case.
A visit to the San Blas Islands promises a unique experience unlike any other vacation you’ve taken. The local Kuna people own and operate all businesses in San Blas by law, foreign investments are prohibited and foreigners/Panamanias are not allowed to conduct any business or work in San Blas, so you’ll have a chance to engage with the community and support their economy. Most of the cabins are managed by large families, providing livelihoods for many locals who have lived on the islands for generations, with limited exposure to the hospitality industry.
However, reaching the islands is a challenging journey as they are situated far from the mainland, making it difficult to import essentials such as building materials, gasoline, and food. All supplies must be sourced in Panama City, transported via 4WD to Carti, and then redistributed to smaller sellers and cabins for an additional fee. The islands have no infrastructure, including electricity or running water, and locals live in harmony with nature.
As you can imagine, great effort is required to provide a basic service to tourists and the locals do it to the best of their knowledge, and we ask that you leave behind any expectations that you may have from mainland life. The simplicity of the cabins reflects a blend of traditional lifestyles and expensive material sourcing as external funding is prohibited. Likewise, the meals served are mostly based on local food patterns such as fish or seafood with rice, with limited access and attempts to cater to foreign tastes with some sides and salads. Drinking water is a luxury, that needs to be imported from Panama City, and electricity and fresh water require great effort to provide, with usage times sometimes limited. Bed linens are either washed by hand in the river on the mainland or sent to Panama City. There is no communal trash collection or recycling system, and only a few locals speak English, with some not even speaking Spanish.
Nevertheless, we collaborate closely with cabin owners to ensure that your stay is remarkable, with clean and functioning facilities and outstanding service.
With this in mind, be ready to jump into your island adventure! Once you arrive on the island, you will most likely discover that modern-day luxuries are unnecessary in such a beautiful environment, and that the simple and relaxing lifestyle that the Kuna people live has its own charm.
Afternoon tour included
Traditional beachfront cabins
Delicious, Fresh Sea Food