Do you want to travel to a peaceful place with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water surrounded by reefs, and with an experience of REAL interesting indigenous culture? Without it being destroyed by tourists. Then San Blas is the place to go!
A visit to the San Blas islands will put you twenty centuries back in time. It is the Kuna Indians that lives on the 365 small islands, living mostly of fishing made from traditional canoes as they did before Columbus arrived. But also some live on coconut sale and tourism. The Kuna Indians have autonomous over the islands. This will says that no one from the outside have been allowed to buy up or build any hotels in the province. This is why you will live in small traditional cabins maid of straws like almost sleeping under open air hearing the waves, in small islands, that are maximum 200 square meters, together with the Kuna Indians that will also cook you traditional food, and maybe two more tourists. You will be served fresh fish, and tea that taste like salt water no matter how much sugar you put in for make it sweet. The Kuna people have maintained their own economic system, language, culture, dress, music and dance and thus have avoided traditional tourism development. They are furthermore famous for its arts and crafts, the mola, which is fabric of many colours and figures like animals, fish, nature and birds.
If you Google how to get to San Blas, you will mostly get up web-pages that suggests that it is almost impossible to get there. The options they sides are to take a very expensive flight, where you have to fight for get a seat. Or to take a 12 hour car ride, due to bad roads. However, this is not actually the truth. The shared car trip takes around 2-2.5 hours from Panama and the roads are fine. There are a few agencies in Panama that arrange these trips.
San Blas is for me still a place where you can travel for see the real place, the real culture, and it is not yet destroyed by tourists. At the same time you will have the luxury of being able to lay hours on a beautiful beach, enjoying swimming in warm water and diving for see coral reeves. So what is stopping you?