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Sailing Play to Live in San Blas Guna Yala

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
2 nights minimum
Houseboat
Sailing and enjoying the life of the San Blas Island , all inclusive adventures to discover and enjoy the Kuna life in Panama. Crystal clear water and beautiful small islands to discover, all around and enjoy a typical meal with Kunas or eat onboard and enjoy authentic Italian cooking. We do everything from fishing, snorkeling, to finding you one of the many deserted islands for you to relax on, where you can sunbathe and snorkel at your leisure. Daniela & myself have years of experience chartering and entertaining guests through out the Caribbean, and would welcome the opportunity to share our San Blas experience with you. If you want to learn to sail, take the wheel, help set up the boat, this is the place for you as Daniela and myself have logged more than 40000 miles sailing and ... Sailing and enjoying the life of the San Blas Island , all inclusive adventures to discover and enjoy the Kuna life in Panama. Crystal clear water and beautiful small islands to discover, all around and enjoy a typical meal with Kunas or eat onboard and enjoy authentic Italian cooking. We do everything from fishing, snorkeling, to finding you one of the many deserted islands for you to relax on, where you can sunbathe and snorkel at your leisure. Daniela & myself have years of experience chartering and entertaining guests through out the Caribbean, and would welcome the opportunity to share our San Blas experience with you. If you want to learn to sail, take the wheel, help set up the boat, this is the place for you as Daniela and myself have logged more than 40000 miles sailing and would love to share our knowledge of sailing and tales of the ocean life with you. Your crew of Daniela and myself, Paul, will be available to you 24/7 to make you feel at home. We have extensive knowledge of San Blas and are excited to share with you the hidden gems of this beautiful place. We are here to assist you with whatever you need, from arranging activities (snorkeling, fishing, diving, we can arrange river walks thru the jungle to the waterfalls, and more) to sharing stories. If you're someone who desires more privacy, we're happy to respect your space and keep our interactions minimal. You are in charge of your own trip! , and if you book your vacation on Play to Live you will be the only guests onboard, all our attention will be focused on giving you a unique and once in a lifetime experience in paradise. Our boat Play to Live is 100 percent green, we live exclusively off of solar and wind power, and make all of our rain water pure drinking water onboard. Take the wheel if you like and learn and experience sailing first hand. The evenings you can sit and relax or join me while I go fishing in our dinghy beside the reefs while trying to catch some fresh fish for sushi or ceviche. We try to make all your meals from scratch, and if you enjoy Italian cooking Daniela will entertain with cooking lessons, from making fresh pasta, home made bread, bolognaise sauce, pizza, we do it all on our boat. We look forward to answering any inquiries that you may have... Paul & Daniela Play to LiveMore
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Paul Thornton and D
Languages spoken:English, Spanish, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2017
Interaction with guests
You should be minimum two people, maximum four. The boat will be only for you and us, you always have a private boat while chartering with us, : we do not mix passengers that do not know each others. We welcome children and provide snorkeling gear and toys for there enjoyment and will go out of our way to make your stay with us memorable and enjoyable as possible.
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William I
William I
Chicago, IL1 contribution
My wife and I had a great trip. The hosts are a great couple who catered towards our interests, sailing and snorkeling. I learned a ton about the operation of the vessel and even when we were not snorkeling we saw rays jumping and a giant turtle from the deck. We visited new islands every day and ate great food, including fresh lobster. We had great conversations with the hosts, including lots of tales of sailing and travel. However, the boat was not so small that we were always on top of each other. My wife and I got plenty of time to ourselves to read, play back gammon and connect. Thanks for a great trip.
Visited August 2022
Written August 15, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Melissa
Melissa
3 contributions
Sailing with Paul and Daniela was an incredible experience. I wish we had more days to spend with them! From the beginning it was very easy to communicate with Paul and Daniela, even while they were sailing! They were quick to answer any questions and to help us with getting to San Blas. The process is complicated and even after a delayed flight messed up our plans a bit, they were quick to find another solution and make sure everything went smoothly. The San Blas islands are absolutely breathtaking, and Paul and Daniela know all the best spots to take guests. We went snorkeling each day in different reefs, saw dolphins, relaxed and explored islands we had all to ourselves, and learned a little about sailing too. (Plus like others have mentioned, the food they made for us was molto bene!) Paul and Daniela are very friendly and welcoming, and have some amazing (and entertaining) stories to share. We enjoyed getting to hear about their various experiences sailing around the world. Their kindness and generosity has also helped them establish a good relationship with other sailors and the local Guna Yala people. We feel so lucky to have been able to see how people live in San Blas and to learn a little about Guna culture on our trip, and it would not have been the same without Paul and Daniela. We are so glad we booked with Paul and Daniela. They went above and beyond for us to make sure this was a trip to remember, and it definitely was. I don’t know how we’ll ever top this experience! We’ll just have to come back. :)
Visited June 2022
Written June 16, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

HappyHenkyD
HappyHenkyD
10 contributions
We absolutely loved our San Blas experience, the islands are super beautiful and it felt such a privilege to meet the indigenous people and see how they live. Paul and Daniella took great care of us, keeping us topped up with food, sparkling water, beer and coffee and taking us to the reefs and beauty spots. Daniella is an incredible Italian chef and the food was super yummy, comforting and plentiful. It was fun to take the wheel and learn bits about sailing from Paul and to just fully unwind. The boat is impressively self sufficient and was spacious enough for the 4 of us. We would absolutely return to San Blas and would recommend to anyone.
Visited April 2022
Written April 8, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Riaz R
Riaz R
3 contributions
Our experience on Play To Live with Paul and Dani, was unforgettable. We have been blessed to find such a personalised experience from start to finish. We stayed for 3 nights and 3 days. Each day was filled with both activity and relaxation. Paul was a brilliant sailor, and made us feel comfortable learning the ropes - literally! Daniella was warm, her cooking was unparralelled (shes an Italian chef!) and we wished we stayed longer to hear their amazing sailing stories! The boat itself was comfortable with hot showers. Plenty of space and privacy for a couple or trio! Our highlights were learning how to sail with Paul, swimming/snorkelling, learning how to make fresh egg pasta with Dani and of course enjoying the spectacular San Blas islands! We had never experienced sailing before this trip, and now we want to go again! Thank you guys, and im sure we will cross paths again in the future!
Visited March 2022
Written March 28, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Maria M
Maria M
7 contributions
Paul and Daniella are great people and they make an amazing team. It would take me all day to go on about all the ways they went above and beyond expectations for our family. They are both excellent cooks. They were fun and very playful with our kids who are 8 & 10. Paul likes it if you can write a song about him while you're there. Ha ha. Paul is happy to teach how to sail. They are very knowledgeable about the area and people. They have hot water showers! This is amazing. The boat is very comfortable. They also have excellent tasting drinking water. We had a great mix of relaxation, snorkeling, wandering on islands, meeting local people and sailing. And lots of eating their very good food. They also took us on a trip up the river where the local people grow bananas and coconuts and get their drinking water. If you have a chance to go to the Guna Yala, book your trip with Paul and Daniella. You'll be so glad that you did.
Visited January 2020
Written January 31, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Polidoro
Polidoro
48 contributions
avrei voluto scrivere una recensione sull'onda emotiva appena ritornato dalla vacanza, ma poi ho pensato che, vista la particolarità dell'esperienza, forse avrebbe aiutato di più se avessi cercato di raccontare nei dettagli che cosa abbiamo fatto io e la mia famiglia abbiamo trascorso 3 giorni in barca con PLAY TO LIVE si tratta di uno yacht di 38 piedi ( circa 13 metri). sotto-coperata ha 2 cabine, una a poppa e una a prua, più uno spazio-salotto e cucina centrale condivisi. la cabina di poppa è riservata a Paul e Daniela, mentre la cabina di prua è riservata agli ospiti. entrambe le cabine hanno il bagno privato. il bagno della cabina di prua ha anche la doccia calda. la barca è equipaggiata con 3 pannelli solari e un piccolo mulino a vento. Paul e Daniela sono i proprietari e gli skipper della barca. non ci sono agenzie o intermediari. la barca è allo stesso tempo la loro casa. sono gestori indipendenti della propria attività. hanno scelto di ospitare una famiglia per volta. gli ospiti non condividono la barca con altri che non conoscono ( come accade nelle altre barche) e hanno tutto lo yacht per loro. la vacanza è stata quindi fatta su misura per noi. Paul e Daniela vivono nelle San Blas da anni e conoscono i posti e le persone fin nei minimi particolari. ci hanno chiesto che cosa ci piacesse o meno e ci hanno proposto diverse attività, tutte favolose, cercando di farci assaporare allo stesso tempo il bello della vacanza ai caraibi, la bellezza delle San Blas ( che sono già magnifiche di per se) e la vita di barca e dei Kuna così com'è. ci hanno portato a visitare le isole più sperdute e isolate, dove c'eravamo solo noi, e a vedere quelle un po' più turistiche, ci hanno portato a fare snorkeling in posti meravigliosi ( hanno tutto l'equipaggiamento necessario), ci hanno fatto provare a condurre uno yacht (per noi era la prima esperienza) e a pescare , ci hanno fatto assaggiare aragoste e pesce fresco a nostro piacimento. Paul e Daniela sono allo stesso tempo esperti e appassionati skipper e attenti padroni di casa. Sono capaci di interagire con i propri ospiti tanto quanto gli ospiti hanno voglia di interagire con loro : se volete essere lasciati in pace loro vi lasciano in pace; se volete parlare con loro, scherzare con loro, chiedere informazioni sul luogo, i Kuna, il mare o altro, loro sono entusiasti di parlare con voi. ci hanno fatto vivere una vacanza attiva e rilassante , in maniera naturale e divertente, che non dimenticheremo mai. ogni momenti era pieno di emozioni.non ci siamo annoiati un secondo. non c'è stato un solo minuto di tempo morto. abbiamo avuto la fortuna di navigare per mezz'ora con un branco di delfini di fianco alla barca, ci siamo ritrovati a nuotare con le mante, abbiamo pescato un tonnetto da circa 3 kg, che Daniela ha trasformato nel sushi più fresco che abbiamo mai mangiato, abbiamo conosciuto una famiglia Kuna, abbiamo preso il sole in un'isola non più grande di un campo da basket, su sabbia bianca, all'ombra di 5 palme, dove c'eravamo solo noi. è stata una delle esperienze più belle ed intense che io e la mia famiglia abbiamo mai provato soprattutto alla fine ci siamo ritrovati ad avere due amici in più
Visited January 2020
Written January 7, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trek718778
Trek718778
1 contribution
Our four days on Play to Live were nothing short of fantastic. Our hosts Paul and Dani went out of their way to share places and experiences in the San Blas that only “insiders”, who have lived there for years, could know. They took us to great snorkeling and beaches and to a small island where we met their Kuna friends who are rarely visited by outsiders. There we were fortunate to see and learn about how the Kuna live and buy beautiful Molas from the elderly woman who created them. On another day we explored the Diablo River in their motor dingy, and saw monkeys, many different types of birds, iguanas and a crocodile. Since we’re professional photographers, this was a highlight of our trip. We came home with many great images of wildlife, dramatic sunsets, and beautiful islands, and Kuna people and culture. Dani cooked delicious food and taught us to make traditional Italian pizza. Paul played a delightful variety of great music and we enjoyed our conversations about Panama, travel, movies, the space shuttle (which was visible on two evenings) and much more. Play to Live is a beautiful, comfortable boat which we delighted in helping to sail. In summary, we made wonderful new friends with Paul and Dani, and had an amazing experience.
Visited December 2019
Written December 17, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Julia
Julia
1 contribution
Unser 4-tägiger Segeltrip mit Dani & Paul war das absolute Highlight unser 3-wöchigen Panamareise. Die Kommunikation vorab lief über WhatsApp und all unsere Fragen konnten schnell geklärt werden bzw. noch offene Punkte wie z.B. die Anreise nach San Blas organisiert werden. Dani & Paul haben die Anreise von Panama City nach San Blas super im voraus organisiert und wir würden auch jedem empfehlen das Angebot wahrzunehmen, da man auf eigene Faust nicht so einfach dort hin kommt. Die Kosten dafür werden am Anfang klar kommuniziert, so dass man keine Überraschungen erlebt. Die Autofahrt und das anschließende Wassertaxi waren schon ein Abenteuer für sich, man kann den Dschungel bestaunen sieht bereits erste Kunas (die Einheimischen) :) In San Blas angekommen wurden wir von Dani & Paul herzlich empfangen und wir haben uns sofort wohl gefühlt. Nach einer kurzen Einweisung, wie das Leben auf dem Boot funktioniert ging es auch schon los. Wir können nur allen empfehlen, mit einem privaten Segelboot San Blas zu erkunden und kein organisiertes Inselhopping durch einen Touranbieter, wo man teilweise in schäbigen Holzhütten auf überfüllten Insel übernachtet. Hier werdet ihr nicht die schönen Ecken von San Blas sehen. Play to live ist dafür perfekt: Paul ist ein sehr erfahrener Segler und hat uns auch mal ans Steuer gelassen. Die San Blas Inseln sind kaum touristisch und einfach nur atemberaubend mit türkisblauem Wasser, weißen Stränden und einem noch sehr intakten Riff mit vielen bunten Fischen, Mantas und Riffhaien- perfekt zum Schnorcheln. Mit Dani & Paul segelt man abseits von den touristischen Inseln und lernt die Kultur der Kunas kennen. Wir haben jeden Tag eine andere Insel besucht, waren oft ganz allein an Stränden und hatten die besten Schnorchelspots direkt vor unserem Boot. Auch haben wir die Kultur der Kunas besser kennen gelernt und sogar ein paar von ihnen besucht. Der Reiseplan wurde jeden Tag aufs neue angepasst, je nachdem worauf wir Lust hatten, die beiden gehen wirklich auf die Interessen der Gäste ein und passen je nachdem die Aktivitäten an. Dani & Paul sind sehr herzliche und unterhaltsame Menschen, von der ersten Minute an hatten wir Spaß. Wir haben viel Interessantes über das Segeln erfahren und Dani und Paul hatten viele spannende Geschichten aus ihrem Leben zu erzählen. Zum Ende hin hat es sich angefühlt, als würden wir uns schon länger kennen. Wir werden die ganzen Insider-Witze sicher nicht so schnell vergessen :) Sie haben sich ständig um unser Wohlbefinden gekümmert und uns jeden Wunsch von den Augen abgelesen. Die Kochkünste von Dani und Paul waren der Wahnsinn, jeden Tag aufs neue wurden uns super leckere Mahlzeiten (Pauls Pfannkuchen und Danis italienische Köstlichkeiten) aufgetischt - uns hat es wirklich an nichts gefehlt. Wer ein einzigartiges Erlebnis in San Blas erleben möchte, ist bei Dani & Paul genau richtig. Der einzig negative Punkt war, dass wir am Ende wieder abreisen mussten ;) Vielen Dank für die tolle Zeit!
Visited May 2019
Written May 13, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

laubis14
laubis14
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
Wij hebben een fantastische tijd gehad op de boot van Paul en Danielle. Doordat zij al twee jaar op San Blas wonen wisten ze ons veel te vertellen over de lokale bevolking en ons naar de mooiste plekjes te brengen. De plek waar we gingen snorkelen was echt prachtig!!! De ervaring op een zeilboot was ook uniek omdat je niet gebonden bent aan een eiland. Paul en Danielle waren super gastvrij en ze doen er alles aan om jou een goede tijd te bezorgen. We hebben lekker Italiaans gegeten en ook nog een beetje leren zeilen. —— We had an amazing time on the sailboat from Paul and Danielle. Since they already live at San Blas for two years, they can tell you a lot about the locals and bring you to the most beautiful spots of San Blas. The spot where we snorkeled was amazing!!! Sleeping on a sailboat was a very unique experience for us because you can see way more than one island. Paul and Danielle were very hostile and take care of everything to give you an amazing time. We had really nice Italian food and also learned a little bit of sailing.
Visited May 2019
Written May 6, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ana M
Ana M
Benicasim, Spain1 contribution
Paul y Danniella han sido unos excelentes anfitriones y han estado pendientes de nosotros en todo momento. El buen humor de ambos ha hecho muy agradable la convivencia. Hemos disfrutado mucho navegando a vela en el entrañable "Play to live" bajo la experta supervisión de Paul. El entorno es indescriptible y el snorkel...sin palabras. Excelente comida italiana, cervezas y música...no se puede pedir más. Deseando volver!
Visited April 2019
Written April 29, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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Once you book we will provide you with the phone number of the taxi service that you must use to get into San Blas, very easy process.. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
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