Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas

Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas

Cayo Lemon is not the most deserted mini archipelago in the region, but the proximity to the islands of Barsukun port makes life much easier for those who will stay a few days in Kuna Yala. I would say that this is the best alternative for those who intend to spend two nights in the area, after all, there you will find beautiful islands and great infrastructure.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Despite the official name of the archipelago being Cayo Lemon, the region is well known as Banedup. In fact, Banedup is the main island in the archipelago and that’s why the name stuck. In fact, this island is also known as the “laundry island”.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Well, it is in Banebup where sailors’ commanders, crew and tourists often leave their clothes for washing. The kunas dig wells approximately 4 meters deep and the water that comes from there is less salty than that of the ocean – so it is ideal for washing.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
The average price for washing a very large bag of clothes is $ 15 + soap. The owner and commander of our sailboat, Italo, usually does this and told us that the clothes are impeccable.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
It is also in this archipelago where the island with the most turquoise sea that we visit is located: Pelicano Island. In addition to the water with that vibrant blue hue, it is one of those very tiny islands full of palm trees that even resemble a cartoon.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
To give you an idea of ​​the size, in less than two minutes you can get around the island. It’s surreal!
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
The water is also very clean and, therefore, it is one of the best places to snorkel. Of course, Paulo and I didn’t waste the opportunity and we fell in love with the beautiful coral near the beach.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Another almost mandatory stopping point is in front of the island of Nuinudup. We were even a little shocked by the amount of sailboats stopped in the region and practically all are Italian, it is almost a Little Italy in the middle of the sea! Although only one family of kunas live on the island, it is also possible to camp there.
This region is also very crowded because it is only 15 minutes by boat from Chicheme, the busiest island in Kuna Yala that is always partying. As sleeping in a crowded and busy place is not the best option, tourists end up preferring to spend the night on the nearby sailboats or islands.
Lemon Cayo: the perfect mini archipelago for those with little time in San Blas
Aah, and for those who saw the last video from Panama, it was on this island that Paulo cut his leg on the coral in the fight with the shark, but it’s only up to you to decide if this story is true or a lie. And if you’re enjoying the posts about Kuna Yala, it’s also worth watching our video over there 😉

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