Hotel El Porvenir San Blas

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If you’re short on time (or cash) and looking for a quick, friendly, getaway El Porvenir may be a suitable option. Located on one of the islands with an ‘airport’ El Porvenir offers a proper, albeit somewhat basic and well-worn, hotel with clean sheets, private bathrooms, running water, flush toilets and proper showers.

A portion of the island features a long soccer-pitch length field which serves as the landing-strip for the one plane that lands here each morning. Its quite a site to watch, if you’re up early enough to watch the approach and landing. The island spotlessly clean, has some size to it suitable for nice walks, and it sports a white-sand beach to watch the carved out wooden boats and sail boats come and go.

Traditional, but very basic Kuna meals are served three times a day in the dining room while over at the bar you’ll find an assortment of cold beverages and warm spirits for your enjoyment.

El Porvenir is close to some of the top San Blas island attractions such as Isla Perros and Chichme, both which feature some of the best coral reefs in the San Blas archipelago. Talk to Otilia and her husband who run El Porvenier with a handful of warm, friendly, characters. They’ll help facilitate the included daily tours or give you suggestions on some of the premium tours.


-Warning: Food is very basic.
-Tour but no real guide and no English spoken.
-Sparse Room with shower and flush toilet
-Beach Chairs
-There is a bar that sells water, soda, beer, liquor!

Services not included
– Alcohol, soda and snacks

How To Get There

The road to San Blas through the densely forested jungle highlands of Panama can only be negotiated by licensed 4×4 transporters. The Kuna Yala will not allow any other vehicles to enter carrying foreigners, thus the only way to to get to Hotel El Porvenir is with the 4×4 vehicles that leave Panama City daily between 5am and 6am. The drive is approx 2.5hrs, depending on road and weather conditions. The 4×4 transporters can hold up to 7 passengers, it can be a squeeze at times and we advise all clients only to take a small bag containing what they need for their stay in the San Blas.

Currently El Porvenir Airport is closed for renovations and all the other airports are much further south in the island chain and cannot be used to get Hotel El Porvenir.

Important Information

You need your passport to enter the San Blas region!!
Please read our San Blas island FACT SHEET before booking.

San Blas Panama Hotel El Porvenir Package

Panama Travel Unlimited has put together budget package deals for El Porvenir in the San Blas islands, Panama that cannot be beaten. Accommodation in traditional San Blas Hotel.

2 day/2 night

3 day/3 night

4 day/4 night

4 day/4 night

Private Room Private Room Private Room Private Room
$220pp $305pp $390pp $475pp

– 4×4 transport round-trip from Panama City to Carti, San Blas Panama (The 4×4 will pick you up at your Hostel/Hotel at approx 5am arriving in Carti at 9am, the return journey to Panama City leaves at approx 9-10am from Carti usually arriving between 12-2pm)
– Boat transfer to and from Hotel El Porvenir
– Accommodation in private Rooms with bathroom
– Three very basic meals a day and daily tours to a local community or other beach islands
Additional costs
– Approx $10pp in San Blas Taxes, payable on route.

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