Escaping to the Caribbean for a 5 days of sailing is not something we typically do, but it was something we wanted to try. Our excellent host on this travel adventure was Captain Mike, also affectionately known to the local Guna indians of San Blas as "El Russo". We were blessed with good sailing and had some great meals thanks to Paula, his chef and very knowledgeable shipmate. Both catered to our needs and were very helpful in advising us on what to expect, how to get there, and what to pack prior to our trip. We saved a lot of money and time thanks to their great advice and direction. Captain Mike was absolutely spot-on on with everything, especially about packing light! He fully met expectations, especially with our meal requests (we wanted to eat a lot of fruit and seafood) and to find the most peaceful uninhabited islands and beaches. For us, he obliged by taking us to the far islands of Cocobanderos where we found white sandy beaches, enjoyed great snorkeling, 2-man kayaking (which allowed us to island hop), stand up boarding, enjoyed great seafood, and found the peaceful relaxation and isolation we so desired. A different island every day and so many to choose from! If you have never sailed before, keep in mind that the waters in San Blas are relatively calm because of the surrounding reefs, so there are very few areas where you will hit open water. As such, it is very important to have both an experienced captain who knows how to navigate the area water/reefs and who also is liked and respected by the Guna Yala natives that own the islands. Captain Mike qualifies on both, plus he works with some of the best travel agencies in Panama City and is a highly experienced sailor and diver so there is litter to worry about. The Natalie is a good sized boat and can hold quite a few people, but we chose to charter it all for ourselves, 2 people. I highly recommend this if you want peaceful relaxation and personalized treatment. Last thing you want on a group or party boat trip is to feel like a canned sardine and dealing with other people's drama in close quarters. For us two, it was more than enough room and I had the option to sleep where ever I wanted. My personal favorite was on deck, feeling the cool breeze on my face, listening to the sea, and the watching the brilliant stars light up the night sky. I don't do this at home so I took full advantage of the opportunity. Needless to say, we will be back to San Blas again and look forward to more great conversations and adventures with our friends Paula and Captain Mike. Enjoy the adventure and set your sails in San Blas with Captain Mike!