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Planning Your Money for Your San Blas Trip: A Simple Guide

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Let's talk money for your awesome San Blas adventure. Don't worry, it's not complicated. Here's what you need to know:

Cash is Important: What You Need

When you're in Panama, cash is your friend. Remember these things:

  1. ATM Limits: The ATMs in Panama give you a maximum of $250 per day. Sounds good, right? But keep in mind, expenses can add up.

  2. Getting Around: You need cash for important stuff. First, there's the $150 per person for transportation. And another $22 per person for Guna fees. Getting to the boat involves car and water taxi costs. The SUV transportation is around $75 per person, and the water taxi is about $75 per person, both for a round trip. Your captain will give you the exact numbers.

  3. Extras: Don't forget a tip for the crew (usually 5 to 10% of what you paid for the trip). Plus, have some money for enjoying drinks, souvenirs ($150 should cover it), and paying island fees.

  4. Island Entry: Many islands ask for a small fee, like $2 to $3 per person. This helps them keep the beaches clean and free from plastic.

Smart Moves: Be Ready

Imagine being in paradise and realizing you're short on cash. No fun. To avoid that:

  • Go to Your Bank: Before you set off, visit your bank and get enough cash to cover everything. Remember, San Blas doesn't have ATMs.

  • Plan Your Money: Think about how much you'll need for transport, fees, tips, islands, drinks, and fun stuff to take home.

To Wrap It Up

Money stuff for your San Blas adventure is simple. Remember these tips, and you'll be all set to enjoy the islands without worrying about cash. So pack your swimsuit and sunblock – your wallet's got your back!

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