San Blas Things to Do
The Contaduría was the most historic place in San Blas. Inside a guide explained me a lot of stories about the Galeón de Manila.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Adventure Travel
There is a new ramada called Paraje del Rey which is set out in the mangroves. Everything in the ramada is made from the traditional style using all natural materials. It is very beautiful and peaceful. You have to take a lancha to get there. The lanca costs 300 pesos round trip but you can fit about 15 people.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Las Islitas beach is about 5 miles from the center of San Blas and has numerous ramadas where you can enjoy shrimp or fish. The speciality is pescado sarandeado which is a barbequed smoked fish served whole with tacos. The beach is on Mantachen Bay and is usually very calm for swimming. Ramada Albatross has expecially good food.Related to:
San Blas Restaurants
OK, there are two things you don't want to miss. The taco truck run by Raul and his always laughing wife. A block or two north of the bus station, by a store that sells beer & sodas & whatnot. You buy a beer inside (it's the only taco stand right across from a beer place) and then get the best tacos in town. And a grilled onoin, plus a joke from Raul (who will still like you if you don't follow the Spanish too well).
The other thing you'll want to live on is tostadas de ceviche--the peanut butter and jelly of the coast. This is pretty simple fish in lime juice, plus grated carrot and onion. They make it but the tub about two blocks west of the square on the road that leads to the beach. You'll be hooked in no time.
Favorite Dish: tacos, tostadas de ceviche
San Blas Nightlife
You'll quickly find there's not much nightlife in San Blas. Here's what we did to keep ourselves entertained: people watching on the square, especially on Sunday nights, pool on the somewhat crooked tables at some place with Australia in the name just north of the square, gin rummy, poker, mixed fruit drinks with rum, and the ocassional band in town (you'll hear them).
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want, unless you want to keep up with the young mexican ladies in the square on Sunday night. Then you'll want to bust out the tightest lycra-wear you can find, preferably in an animal print.
San Blas Warnings and Dangers
Unfortunately, as a gringo, some folks will see you as an easy target. It's very unlikely that anyone will rob you personally, but may watch to see when you leave the house. Get a place with metal doors. Don't leave your valuables behind unless they can be well secured. Live near other folks, in town, not out by the beach. The bugs are bad there anyway. And we never had a prblem in four motnhs there--just heard some stories.