Not only does Yandup offer the nicest accommodations in Guna Yala, it is also the best deal in the province. The octagonal bungalows, perched over the sea, have high thatch roofs, private baths, solar lighting, and porches with hammocks and views of the mainland across the bay. Two smaller bungalows have ocean views and cost $30 less. The open-air restaurant, also over the water, serves the best food in Guna Yala. The island is lovely and grassy with a small beach on one end and hammocks strung between the nearby coconut palms. Yandup's guides speak a little English and are attentive. They offer an array of excursions and good snorkeling equipment. The lodge also sponsors projects for the community that guests can donate to.
Yandup Island, unknown, Panama
Nov 18, 2009
We stayed 3 nights in one of the overwater cabanas. I did reading about San Blas and what to expect regarding the experience/accomodations before we booked, so I knew what to expect and subsequently, we enjoyed our experience!-- if you go expecting your normal resort/beach vacation, you may be disappointed-- so do your research. Cabana- they are basic, the main room consists of a double bed, a single bed (which we used for our luggage) and they
provide some hangars and a rod for your clothes. There was one over head eletric light bulb for the evening. The bathroom was a normal toilet. The shower had cold water with varying water pressure from minimal to moderate. I have long, thicker hair, so I washed it very well before we arrived, and did not care about it much more during our stay, and washed it good again when we returned to "civilization". Soap and bath towels were provided. The porch had 2 hammocks strung up, one rocker and one very hard chair. It was very relaxing to lay on the hammock in between activities, just listen to the water and watch the views-- heavenly actually, and conducive to napping. Neither of us slept well at night-- the sound of the water against the pilings was loud, and each of us frequently would wake up, be lulled back to sleep, wake up and so on through out the night. The cabanas get good ventilation and if it is breezy as it was during most of our visit, you will not miss having a/c. Food- breakfasts were usually eggs, and slice of a ham/bologna type of meat, with bread (one morning a tasty tortilla type bread) and juice/coffee. We thought the best meals were lunch-- salad starter, fish with sauce, fried plantains, small serving vegetables, fruit for dessert. Dinners were about the same our 3 nights-- start with soup, main meal of something I would best describe as fish stew , accompanied by potato, vegetable and fruit for dessert. Water provided free at lunch/dinner. Unfortunately I lost my copy of our "bar tab", but I seem to recall the drinks were not overpriced, < $2 for soda/beer. Activities: There were two excursions a day, morning and afternoon. During our stay, we went two times to other islands for beach/swimming, the waterfall hike, visit to the cemetery, and visit to the village. We skipped the mangrove visit the last afternoon as we felt tired from not sleeping good at nights, and just wanted to veg and nap in the hammocks. The island has a small beach area where swimming is safe. Staff- one or two could speak some English, the Spanish is more readily understood. They were all very polite and friendly, and it was a pleasure to meet them. Recommendations: If you go I recommend you bring(we found it helpful that we brought these items): 1. flashlight or head lamp for evenings-- our head lamp helped us to see better in the dark bathroom, and to read better at night as the electric light in room was weak, 2.snacks if you want to have a bite between meals or have a large appetite, 3. beach towels 4. some good books or cards to keep you entertained in the evening or between activities. It was such an isolated, peaceful place, unique to anywhere else we have visited