Couple travelling to the pearl islands
02.10.2010 - 03.10.2010 27 °C
Archipelago Las Perlas is located in 40 miles from Panama city and consists of about 100 islands. The most famous island of this archipelago is Contadora Island, because it has several resorts, but we decided to go to San Jose Island.
During the World War II Pearl Islands had military bases on them. But soon the archipelago turned to a rest place for rich and famous (former US president Jimmy Carter, former Spain president Adolfo Suarez Felipe Gonzales, Iran shah lived there).
To get to Pearl Islands you have to take a small plane in the regional airport of Panama City (in Albrook). This plane is even smaller than the one we talked about in our Bocas del Toro review. There are 2 air companies making regular flights to Contadora Island - "Aeroperlas" and "Air Panama", but to San Jose Island flies just "Air Panama".
First our plane made a stop at Contadora and after that it took us to Isla San Jose. A trip took about 40 minutes with this short connection on Isla Contadora and costed $110 per person for round trip.
San Jose Island is a private island. It belongs to the Panamanian family who is also the owner of Air Panama company.
When we landed on our San Jose Island, we didn't see a landing strip - nothing like that. We landed on a small field in the jungle. Well, our plane looked more like a helicopter, not a real plane, so we guess it shouldn't have been a surprise for us
We went out of the plane and sat down in a minibus which was already waiting for us. We were the only one couple and only guests who came that day to Isla San Jose. Other 2 or 3 people, who were flying with us, were the hotel workers.
Our road through the jungle to the hotel took about half an hour or a bit more. Can you imagine a road through the jungle? Well, if you miss adventures, you definitely HAVE TO do this trip to San Jose Island.
Isla San Jose has only one hotel in the middle of the jungle - "Hacienda del mar" ("Sea farm"). The sea farm has appeared very stylish hotel with 17 cabanas - wooden huts, each with a balcony, offering a view to the beach and Pacific ocean.
The hotel is rather expensive, even though we chose a Toucan Suite - the cheapest, with 2 double beds. It costed $330 per night. If you want 1 king size bed, you will pay about $400. And don't forget that our trip was in the low season. In high season the prices will be even higher.
If you go to "Hacienda del mar", you will find out that it is a real farm - but very fashionable The owners brought here animals and birds for fun of the guests and themselves. So don't be surprised when you will see peacocks, iguanas, big exotic parrots, a toucan of rare beauty and black lovely piggies. By the way, the hotel personnel feeds the birds every evening at 5 pm, so don't miss a perfect moment to make wonderful photos.
We came to the sea farm for a weekend and it was raining all the time, so maybe somebody will say that we were unlucky. But we were not. Our cosy wooden hut, sounds of waves of the ocean, music of the rain… Mmmm… What else a couple needs when you are in love?..
We were not the only one couple on our sea farm. We met a nice couple travelling from USA and had a nice dinner and a breakfast with them. By the way, the food in the sea farm is perfect. But the prices of the cocktails are higher than usually, so be careful and don't drink too much
A travel to San Jose Island was a unique experience for us. We are sure, it will be the same for your couple travelling.