We helped our friends, Don and Karna, sail their boat from Bocas Del Toro, Panama to the San Blas Islands. All I have to say is, "wow, Panama!".
Bocas Del Toro is a gorgeous and relaxing community, full of delightful expats who have found a way to make a living and enjoy the island lifestyle. The San Blas Islands are stunningly beautiful and home to the Kuna Indians- from wikipedia: The San Blas Islands of Panama are an archipelago comprising approximately 378 islands and cays, of which only 49 are inhabited. They lie off the north coast of the Isthmus of Panama, east of the Panama Canal.
On our way to the San Blas Islands, we weaved our way through smaller islands, and enjoyed the company of a number of dolphins who would find our boat to swim and jump in it's wake. We crossed the opening to the Panama Canal and were amazed by the size and number of freighters lining up to work their way through the Canal.
Once we sailed into the San Blas Islands we visited a couple of different islands where many other "cruisers" live year round on their boats. I have included this link to the San Blas Islands to give you more information about the it's history and people. I will say that the smaller islands were the absolute perfect tropical deserted island that all of us picture in our minds.
The sailing was amazing and Panama City was beautiful. We did get to spend a day and a half in the city exploring and taking photos...