Dream Yacht Charter Opens New Base in Panama

It’s now easier to explore the hundreds of beautiful and mainly uninhabited islands of the San Blas archipelago, in Panama. Dream Yacht Charter, the Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer, France-headquartered world’s largest company of its kind with over 1,000 vessels in 50-plus locations around the globe, opened the new base earlier this year. The San Blas Islands are home to and governed by the Guna tribe, who are fiercely protective of the islands’ ecology and traditional customs, making for a pristine cruising region.

“The 370 San Blas islands are a remote area of Panama with the only facility being an airstrip located close to a traditional village made mostly of palms huts,” says Shannan Brennan, Dream Yacht’s North American marketing manager. “Sailboats are moored there: this is the departure point of the adventure. Visitors fly from the modern Panama City to the San Blas aboard a small aircraft booked by the charter base and the 45-minute flight over the islands is just gorgeous. Once they land, their charter crew will greet them and take them to their boat.”

Dream Yacht Charter’s fleet at its new San Blas base include catamarans: Lagoon 500, Salinas 48, Bahia 46 and Nautitech 40 and 44; and monohulls: Atoll 50 and Feeling 446. www.dreamyachtcharter.com/

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.