In the recent years we gathered some fun facts about the San Blas islands. Some of them are just the words of the mouth, but others are legit and based on facts. Did you know this about San Blas?
Eleven facts about San Blas
- You can visit another island every day of the year in San Blas. Because San Blas has over 365 islands.
- Operating system Microsoft Windows used a default wallpaper that showed an island with only two palm trees on it, this picture was taken in San Blas.
- Chichimei is an island owned by the Kuna community, every three months another family is located here to earn money from the tourist.
- You are free to dock on the empty islands but not on all the inhabited islands.
- A new road brings you from Panama City to San Blas in just 3-4 hours instead of flying or by boat.
- There are no big hotel chains in the San Blas area because the Kuna’s own everything.
- San Blas is also a city that is located in Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina.
- Most travellers do not want to leave San Blas for their next destination.
- San Blas is a known drug trafficking area and is guarded by the Panamanian and US DEA.
- You pay 100 dollar to enter San Blas a person by boat.
- You can’t make a reservation for staying at most of the lodges, people just come and go.
Do you know more funny facts?
Do you know more funny facts about San Blas or Panama in general? Let us know your facts by commenting below.
This is a matriarchal society – property is owned by the females.
When a man marries a Kuna woman he comes to live with and work for her family
Children do not “belong” to their parents, they are members of a clan. If they aren’t getting along with their parents they can stay with other relatives on their island or on adjacent islands
There is no corporal punishment of children. If a child continually misbehaves he or she is shunned
The Kuna Nation has a participatory democracy. Every evening, everyone on each island gets together to discuss the days happenings, any issues that have come up. Every few months the residents of four or five islands get together to discuss larger issues that me have come up. Twice a year there are “regional” meetings (everyone from the norther islands come to one place and everyone from the southern island come to another place. Regional issues are discussed, actions are voted on. Once a year there is a “nationwide” gathering where larger issues are discussed and courses of action voted on.
I would have loved to stay for at least 1 WK or more just visiting and learning more about the people.. I fell in love with these kind people, they were wonderful and interesting. One older man took us into his home and told us all he could about there lives. They took the routter off the front of the ship and wouldn’t give it back till they got cigarette’s from the ship we were stuck out in the ocean. I have more of a story but it’s to long to tell.