Get access to fresh, informative and inspiring stories from real cruisers like us!
By Kia Koropp
Temperate, crystal clear waters to swim and palm-fringed, white sand beaches to stroll. An archipelago of over 300 unspoiled islands to explore. The painted face and bangled-arm of a tribeswoman selling the intricate stitched artwork of her ancestors and an indigenous community that repelled colonization, banned international development and restricted mass tourism, people who hold firmly to their traditional roots.
The San Blas islands are a living history, a preserved native culture, a protected archipelago; they are a different world from the remainder of the Caribbean cruising grounds and are as close as you can get to experiencing the Pacific islandswithout leaving the Atlantic Ocean.
Located along the Caribbean coast of northern Panama, the San Blas islands stretch 100 miles along the southern Caribbean Sea between the border of Colombia and the Gulf of San Blas. Officially renamed Guna Yala by the Panamanian government in 2011, the majority of islands are small uninhabited islets and cays, and the 49 islands that are inhabited are generally occupied by no more than a family or two living on land passed down to them through the generations.
Tradition runs deep within the Kuna Yala culture, and it would be fair to say it is the best preserved indigenous South American culture to this day. Subsistence fishing and coconut cultivation generates their main income, and sale of the unique layered fabric panels made by the Kuna women, the Mola, is also a large part of the economy.
Read the entire article by subscribing today!
Latitudes & Attitudes is a quarterly magazine geared towards anyone who loves the cruising/sailing/boating lifestyles. Whether you live on a boat, plan to cruise, want to live the dream, or love adventure and boating – Latitudes & Attitudes, is your guidebook.
Join over 50,000 Readers Who Love The Cruising Lifestyle with a Print* or Digital Subscription.
*All Print Subscriptions include full Digital access.
Contact us at any time with questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 877-775-2538 Ext. 500
For Only $14.99/year you can have access to all the great Lats & Atts articles including past issues, downloading for offline viewing; VIP Party Invites, Discounts on Gear/Apparel and more.
Join over 50,000 Readers Who Love The Cruising Lifestyle with a Print or Digital Subscription.
FOR 30 Days
& $14.99 per year after
Access to current issue for 30 days
Access to exclusive video content
Discounts on Gear/Apparel at the Lats & Atts Store
Like what you read and
want to continue?
$14.99 will be billed to your card after your 30-day trial for 1 FULL YEAR of new issues and all the back issues you can handle!
© 2023 Latitudes & Attitudes - All Rights Reserved
Already a Subscriber? Log in
877-775-2538 ext 500