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San Blas Islands

The San Blas islands are a group of islands in the archipelago de San Blas in the North of Panama facing the Caribbean Sea. There are 378 islands within the San Blas area and they are scattered in an area of about 100 square miles. If you leave the Golfo de San Blas by boat you will enter the Caribbean Sea. Most of the 378 islands have no inhabitants, but on the major islands you will find the kind native people known as the Kuna's. The San Blas islands are the most beautiful vacation islands of Panama. The islands are still undiscovered and unspoiled by tourism branches and this makes the San Blas unique if you are searching for untouched nature and culture. The most common way to get around in the San Blas archipelago is by boat but you can also fly there or drive to Kuna Yala.

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"Imagine a turquoise archipelago with one island for every day of the year. With white sand and waving palms, these Caribbean islands cheat no one's version of Paradise. San Blas is Home to the Kuna, an autonomous indigenous group who run San Blas with minimal interference from the national government."

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The native inhabitants

The native people that live on the Islands of San Blas call themselves the Kuna's. The district in Panama where you can the native inhabitants is called the Guna Yala or Kuna Yala. The Kuna's are a proud people that have their own norms and values that come with their culture, which is totally different from the traditional Panamanian culture. At the moment their are around 300.000 Kuna natives in the world but only 50.000 live on the San Blas Islands. When you visit the San Blas Islands don't forget to try some of the traditional Kuna food.

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