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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
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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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Meet the host
Paul Thornton and D
Hosting since November 2017
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsYou 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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Mary VL
Mary VL
1 contribution
In the 12 days I spent in Panama, my two days with Paul and Dani in San Blas were the absolute highlight of our trip. From the time we booked with them- Paul was in close communication about logistics and planning. We had countless new experiences and adventures from learning to sail, catching mackerel for lunch, having islands to ourselves, snorkeling the gorgeous reefs of San Blas, eating DELICIOUS Italian food; all of which made for a trip of a lifetime. Paul and Dani went above and beyond with their communication, hospitality, delicious meals, and in reminding us that to live is to play and to play is to live! Their warmth and fun dynamic as a couple made us feel like we had known them our whole lives. When booking with this awesome couple- I advise you to trust the process. Paul and Dani have a seamless system down and go above and beyond to ensure everything is smooth. I already miss San Blas so much and I hope we can do it again soon!!!
Visited April 2019
Written April 6, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Synara B G
Synara B G
Porto Alegre, RS13 contributions
It was really a great experience to go sailing with Paul and Daniela in San Blas. We've spent 3 nights and 3 days onboard in March 2019, having fun, good food and drinking, enjoying the beautiful beaches and islands in San Blas. Everything was great, we have no complains, only good things to tell about. Paul and Daniela were really great buddies for our vacation, including being very nice and kind with my husband, Renato, who doesn't speak english, neither spanish! Despite this "little problem", everything went in a very good way! Paul was even successfull on helping Renato to pilot the sail boat, when Renato had much fun! Everything onboard was really ok, fullfilling our expectations. Since the first contact we've made, asking for reservation dates, Paul and Daniela was very nice, answering our questions in a short time and explaining how things would work to get to San Blas. This part (getting from Panama City to San Blas) was really an adventure, but they've arranged everything so well that all went very smoothly. It was really amazing and we had so much fun spending these days onboard with them, including a great time playing ball on the beach! We recommend very highly to make a trip on their sailboat. We sure would like to repeat the experience. We felt very comfortable and "at home". And what to say about the food? It was really great, also! From the breakfast to dinner everything was really, really marvelous and delicious!!!! We only have to be very thankfull to Paul and Daniela, for being so great hosts and have made our time onboard such a great experiece and happy vacation!
Visited March 2019
Written March 24, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Paradise25400615931
Paradise25400615931
1 contribution
We traveled to Panama in late Feb. This was an amazing experience to sail the San Blas Island with Paul and Daniela for four days. From the very start after booking with Play to Live. Paul quickly communicated with us and was very clear about any question's we had. The travels plans to get to the San Blas Island from the resort near Panama was well organized and a great adventure !! When we arrived to the sail boat and was greeted by Paul and Daniela the fun began. We Sailed to different islands, enjoyed the beautiful water, swimming, fishing, meeting some of the locals, and learning about the culture and history of San Blas. Now i have to mention the food !! The food was amazing. The breakfast every morning that was prepared by Paul was very delicious !! The lunches and Dinners. Daniela prepared was jaw dropping !! She made us fish and lobster that we had caught earlier in the day. The pasta and pizza was absolutely out of this world !!! The COLD beer and wine went well with every meal !! The full trip was a great experience, relaxing and beautiful. Paul and Daniela both I can call friends now. If your looking to travel and see the San Blas Island's. Paul and Daniela is the right pick ! Thanks again for such a great time !!
Visited February 2019
Written March 4, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Anthony N
Anthony N
3 contributions
A wonderful stay in the company of Paul and Daniela who are exceptional people. From sailing to fishing to delicious meals. They cut themselves in 2 to make us live the stay as best as possible. This stay will remain engraved all our life.
Visited February 2019
Written February 17, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
playtolivesanblas
playtolivesanblas
Great times my friend.. unfortunately I caught half a fish more than you.. but you made the shark happy.. Paul and Daniela
Written February 18, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martin R
Martin R
2 contributions
Siempre habíamos querido navegar en familia, era una aventura la cual queríamos vivir, y he de decir que fue maravilloso. Partiendo por el paraíso que es San Blas, el cual no deja de sorprender con su belleza. Paul y Daniela, es una tremenda tripulación y terminaron al cabo de 3 días siendo grandes amigos, e que la intensidad de las relaciones humanas en un espacio pequeño hacen que las conversaciones sean realmente entretenidas y profundas, sin dejar de destacar lo maravillosos que era la comida italiana preparada por Daniela y los desayunos canadienses de Paul, en conjunto del gran sentido del humor de ambos. La seguridad que da un navegante con tanta experiencia y un velero de gran calidad hacen del viaje una experiencia inolvidable en todo sentido. Sin duda no puedo dejar de recomendar a todo aquel lea esta nota que se de la posibilidad de navegar con ellos. Sinceramente cuando tenga posibilidades volveremos en familia con estos amigos. Muchas gracias por todo, Capitan V y Daniela. /// We had always wanted to sail with the family, it was an adventure that we wanted to live, and I have to say it was wonderful. In the first place, the paradise that is San Blas, which never ceases to amaze with its beauty. Paul and Daniela, is a tremendous crew and finished after 3 days being great friends, is that the intensity of human relationships in a small space make the conversations really entertaining and profound, while highlighting how wonderful it was Italian food prepared by Daniela and Paul's Canadian breakfasts, in addition to the great sense of humor of both. The safety of a sailor with such experience and a high quality sailboat make the trip an unforgettable experience in every way. Without a doubt, I can not help recommending to anyone who reads this note that I know about the possibility of navigating with them. Sincerely when you have chances, we will return as a family with these friends. Thank you very much for everything, Captain V and Daniela. /// Wir wollten schon immer mit der Familie segeln, es war ein Abenteuer, das wir leben wollten, und ich muss sagen, es war wunderbar. An erster Stelle steht das Paradies San Blas, das immer wieder von seiner Schönheit überrascht. Paul und Daniela, eine großartige Crew und nach drei Tagen als großartige Freunde fertig, ist, dass die Intensität menschlicher Beziehungen in einem kleinen Raum die Gespräche wirklich unterhaltsam und tiefgreifend macht und gleichzeitig betont, wie wunderbar es war Italienisches Essen, zubereitet von Danielas und Pauls kanadischem Frühstück, zusätzlich zum großen Humor von beiden. Die Sicherheit eines erfahrenen Seglers und ein hochwertiges Segelboot machen die Reise in jeder Hinsicht zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis. Ohne Zweifel kann ich niemandem empfehlen, der diese Notiz liest, die ich über die Möglichkeit der Navigation mit ihnen weiß. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Wenn Sie Chancen haben, werden wir mit diesen Freunden als Familie wiederkommen. Vielen Dank für alles, Kapitän V und Daniela.
Visited February 2019
Written February 17, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
playtolivesanblas
playtolivesanblas
We had a great time as well.. hope to see you again .. hopefully next season.. unbelivable experience for Daniela and myself as well.. Paul and Daniela from Play to Live
Written February 18, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kohenB69
kohenB69
6 contributions
The highlight of all our traveling in Panama was this amazing adventure on Paul & Dani's sailing boat. Reservation was very easy after contacting Paul via his website. Communication went fluid and Paul explained us clearly all the details of the trip beforehand. It is not easy to get to San Blas but Paul and Dani organized everything smoothly on a very short notice. The sailing boat was super comfortable - hot shower and we slept like a baby during the night also because of all the paradise islands we discovered during the day. The islands all seem to come directly from a postcard. We also sailed a bit ourselves, snorkeled around the islands and reeds (spotted a big but harmless nurse shark) and Paul took us fishing in the dingy which was a lot of fun. Dani and Paul were the best hosts we could imagine! There were lots of drinks and the food was simply top class! These guys are true magicians in the sailboat kitchen. The evenings on the boat were very cosy with music, lots of fun stories accompanied with beer and wine under a thousands stars. Paul is passionate about what he does and he has been sailing since he was 4 years old so we knew we were in good hands. For all of us this was a 5 star experience and we would definitely like to repeat it some day. Highly recommended!
Visited January 2019
Written February 8, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
playtolivesanblas
playtolivesanblas
We had a blast.. thanks so much for being so easy to host.. would have you back in a heart beat.. lots of fun.. Paul and Daniela from Play to Live
Written February 11, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kristin U
Kristin U
1 contribution
Daniela und Paul waren super Gastgeber. Wir haben uns von Anfang an sehr wohl bei ihnen gefühlt. Paul hatte immer einen witzigen Spruch auf Lager und ist ein sehr erfahrener Segler. Daniela ist eine tolle Köchin und kann viele interessante Geschichten über die Kuna erzählen. Beide sind sehr offen und nett. Das Essen war immer frisch und lecker 😋. Auch auf unsere persönliche Vorlieben wurde eingegangen. Einmal haben wir sogar frischen Lobster essen können. Nicht zu vergessen sind auch die leckeren Pancakes von Paul, die es zum Frühstück gab. Wir sind zu verschiedenen Inseln gefahren, konnten an einem Riff schorcheln und durften auch segeln. Auf einer Insel haben wir sogar 3 Ureinwohner getroffen, die in selbstgebauten Hütten ohne Strom und Wasser leben. Alles in allem war es mit den beiden ein unvergesslicher Trip. 5 Sterne.
Visited January 2019
Written January 16, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Isabell Joos
Isabell Joos
1 contribution
We went on a 3 nights trip with Dani and Paul and can only recommend it. It was a trip full of relaxing time, fun sailing lessons and fishing lessons (yes, we caught something!!). On board the PlayToLive we ate well, and were never bored, thanks to the wonderful hosts. Dani made us fresh tuna tartar and homemade Italian pizza. This trip was definitely one of our Panama Highlights and we would go again immediately :)
Visited December 2018
Written December 20, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stephan Bernhart
Stephan Bernhart
3 contributions
Discovering the San Blas Island with Daniela and Paul is the best choice you can make! We had a wonderful time relaxing, snorkeling, fishing, sailing (getting seasick and stopp sailing) , playing ball, discovering desert islands, meeting some locals and eating great food on the boat. Daniela and Paul are great hosts they try to fullfill your every wish while still giving you enough space. You can really tell that they know their way around the san blas and also are very experienced in living on a boat :) So if you want to go explore the islands, we recommend this boat strongly!!! Rebecca & Stephan aka “the great white hunter“
Visited December 2018
Written December 8, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

INJECTION
INJECTION
8 contributions
My daughter and I had the pleasure of sailing with Paul and Daniela for 2 days in November and had a lovely time. Both were very attentive and made us feel right at home. Breakfast (Paul territory) was amazing and lunch/dinner (Daniela territory) was fantastic. We made several snorkeling stops and saw some beautiful fish including, starfish, rays and a 2 meter long shark. We went fishing one morning and caught a a tuna which Daniela made a nice tartar with. Paul has a very nice music collection (probably every great song on the planet) which we enjoyed.
Visited November 2018
Written November 28, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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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
Cancellation Policy
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  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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