San Blas Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

San Blas

Panama

Why Visit?

The San Blas are 367 deserted islands located on the Caribbean side of Panama. The local Kuna Tribes inhabit only 10% of the islands. White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters are waiting for you! Have a rest under one of the shady palm trees after an excellent kite session and get to know the locals and their unique culture.

Wind and Weather

Panama gets consistent wind from December until April. This is also the dry season, so rainy days are rare. Kite range is mainly 9 - 12m kites but we also sometimes we use 7m and 14m as well.

The climate is tropical in San Blas with high temperatures it's never below 20°C. The season's temperatures are the same all year through, but you have a rainy season from May till November, that sometimes gives more rain then you need and can be humid, but enough sunshine to still enjoy the beach! From December to April, the dry season hits in with and almost no rain.

The trade winds blow almost every day keeping the temperature down, and it does not get humid. The wind also keeps all the insects away.

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Getting Around

To get to the San Blas Islands, you need to take a 4x4 to a local port, and then one of the local shuttle or sailing boats will take you to the islands. It takes a few hours to sail in between the different set of islands.

Food and Drink

If you are staying on a boat, they will take care of food and drinks, so you don't need to worry about that. It is also possible to get fish and lobster from the locals.

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Nightlife

Apart from bonfire parties with the group you are with on deserted islands, there is not much nightlife offered - but also not needed!

No Wind?

When the wind drops, it's the perfect time to go exploring. Snorkelling, meeting the Kuna Tribe and checking out the waterfall jungle tours are highly recommended.

Internet

It's probably best to get a local sim card before arriving, and about 80% of the San Blas has coverage.

Accommodation

There is some accommodation offered on the islands, but the best way to see the San Blas is by staying on a boat!

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Panama

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Panamanian balboa (PAB)
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Spanish
Population
3,814,672
Capital
Panama City
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By Brendan Rider
Brendad has been kiting for over 10 years. Brendan started with landboarding and got into kitesurfing 7 years ago. After teaching kitesurfing for a few seasons after college, he was traveling and kitesurfing his way through south and central america and found himself on a sailing trip in the San Blas. He started running kite cruises there back in 2015 and since then he has set up a kitesurfing guesthouse in Panama and now runs kitesurfing cruises in multiple locations around the world all year round

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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in San Blas?

When staying on a catamaran, you can kitesurf at many places in the San Blas. There is a variety of shallow waist-deep area with super flat water as well as some reef breaks. It is also possible for huge downwinders from spot to spot.

It is essential you have a guide that takes you to the right spots making sure you always avoid the reefs not to damage them and also injure yourself. As all of the kite spots are launching from islands, they can all become offshore kitesurfing spots so you should never kitesurf there unless you have a safety boat and are on an organised tour.

  • Wind: Off-shore
  • Waves: Small waves sometimes
  • Shorebreak: Yes

Special Note:
Unfortunately, in late 2017, the Kuna Community prohibited kitesurfing in the area, so it is currently not allowed to kitesurf there, and we encourage everyone to abide by their rules. We are now in contact with the right people to try to get it reintroduced. Hopefully, we will see kitesurfing in the San Blas again in 2019.

When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in San Blas?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in San Blas are January, February, March, April, May, December

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Panama

Currency
Panamanian balboa (PAB)
Language
Spanish
Population
3,814,672
Capital
Panama City
Time Zone
UTC-05:00

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