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10 Dec Tips For a Smoother Sailing Trip from Panamá to Colombia 

San Blas Adventures is the only company that brings you from the San Blas Islands of Panamá to the nearest border town of Capurgana in Colombia. Most sailing companies bring you all the way to Cartagena, which means you will miss some lovely Caribbean towns and have to do a big ocean crossing. The only plus side to that is that you’ll have a much bigger boat and that you’ll get dropped off at Cartagena directly if you need to catch a flight.
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Oh f***, how do I get out of this trip?!@#” was the first thing that went through my mind when I saw the tiny boats that we were about to board for the journey. For some reason the world sailing had me imagine a huge sailboat, with areas for lounging and a kitchen. So it was quite a surprise when I realised that we were gonna use smaller speedboats instead each one no more than 12 -16 person maximum capacity.
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No more than 2 hours on the boat each day, they promised. The speedboats actually hop from one San Blas island to another southwards until they reach Capurgana. Well, they’re not called San Blas Adventures for nothing. I sailed on the 4th of December during the windy season and felt every single minute of those two precious hours on the boat everyday. Strong winds aggravated the ocean currents which didn’t make for the ideal sailing conditions.
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Here’s how you can make your trip a little smoother:
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The middle row is the safest and driest place. If you like the adrenaline rush,
the front row gets most of the butt pain from the boat rocking up and down.
If you’re feeling hot, the back row is continuously splashed by refreshing salt water.
Try to sit in all three places to get the full experience!
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Invest in a drybag and place all the stuff you’ll be needing for the four day boat trip in it.
The company will recommend cheap garbage bags but the problem is
they break so easily they’re practically useless on the second day.
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Know where you are and where you’re going at all times.
Take time to ask the locals about the islands, they’ll be happy to answer your questions.
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Keep the islands clean and pristine by limiting your non-biodegradable trash
and bringing them with you when you leave. Leave nothing but footprints,
take nothing but memories and maybe a few souvenirs.
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Try to communicate with the locals even though you don’t speak the same language.
They too, are curious about where you come from and what you are doing there.
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Bring more water than alcohol. Do I really need to explain this?
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Pay attention to your guides,
they will be giving important information throughout the trip.
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Play soccer with your boatmen and the locals living on the islands.
They’re really good at it!
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Help out the staff and volunteers when you can.
Carrying and preparing food for 20 people is a lot of work!
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Watch out for your stuff at all times. Check whether all your bags are present throughout the entire trip.
Be extra vigilant when changing locations and boats to avoid loss or theft.
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Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have the right to be act like an entitled a******.
You are a liability if you cannot handle your liquor or if you carry drugs at any time during the trip.
Don’t put everyone at risk!
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