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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We stayed 3 nights at Franklin's and enjoyed our stay VERY much. We had one of the private cabañas in front of the white beach. We only have positive points to make: - clean toilets and showers ( pipe with cold water) - beautiful and clean beach (they clean it every morning) - no mosquitos and no sand fleas -... More 

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1 Thank Robert O
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We booked a private cabin here from Areka hostel in Panama City. It was Senidup, though I never heard the word "Franklin". An indigenous Guna named Tony was the owner. He took time to explain some of the Guna culture and history which was fantastic. The island was gorgeous. Our cabnin was very peimitive and there were toilets and showers... More 

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Reviewed 8 July 2016

The place is WONDERFUL. Different from any other Caribbean place. I have been to el Caribe many times, but never in a hut on the beach! If you love luxury, this is NOT for you, but if you love adventure, peace, nature....go there! My husband and I rented a hut on the beach and spent two nights at Franklin's. Kuna... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Absolutely beautiful tiny island surrounded by perfect blue seas, filled with friendly travelers and some nice locals. Super basic amenities, sand floor huts right on the edge of the beach. Arranged for this trip at Luna's Castle in Panama City. It was $90 roundtrip with jeep & boat, and we stopped at a grocery store on the way to stock... More 

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2 Thank Joey W
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Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

I booked to stay at Franklins through Mamallena (a hostel in Panama City). Here they have all of the information about the different islands and call and make the bookings for you. It was a lot cheaper than going through other adventure companies. Here is the run down of our costs per person: - $60 return 4WD trip that picks... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

Everything from the ride over to the island to the stay was great. The accommodations are simple....huts w sand flooring, basic bed and a sheet, but that's what we were looking for. The island is small and you can walk around the whole thing in 5 minutes. The sand is white, the water a beautiful and clear blue/green and the... More 

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Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

The small Franklin island divided to two hostels. I stayed at Cabañas Senidup in the northern side. They offer both dorm and private rooms, 3 meals, cold sodas and beer, toilets and showers (with brackish water), hammocks, volleyball court, islands tours, and of course - amazing white sand beach, clear shallow ocean with beautiful reef! I recommend snorkeling on the... More 

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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Island is very nice. But small and up to 95 beds!! impossible to stay on hight season. Franklin and other staff are very unfriendly. They only care about money. Food really bad. No fresh fish, bad rice... I DO NOT RECOMEND THIS ISLAND

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Reviewed 15 August 2015

When we were there the island was very quiet. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. It is very basic and the food is OK, but that's all part of the experience! I wouldn't recommend it for families or couples, but for solo travelers it is a nice choice when visiting San Blas.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015

I made a big mistake when I bought the package deal at some expensive hotel in Casco Viejo. I paid 300 USD cash, when I should have paid half of it, at least! Just because I was travelling alone, Mr Franklin (Kuna elder) didn't allow me to leave the island unless I would find a group to go along. The... More 

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Address: 1 Franklin St. | Franklin Island, Panama
Region: Panama > Guna Yala Region > San Blas Islands
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“The rooms on the left side as you approach the island are the best. They open right to the beach”
  • Hut for 6 people
  • Bathroom & Showers
  • Huts opening to the ocean
 of 5 bubbles lorenaj119, 19 Jan 2016 | Read review
“You share the hut with 4-6 people, but you can choose to opt for private hut only if there is any available.”
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 of 5 bubbles Y2C, 22 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Please ask Franklin hoe human waste is disposed of.”
 of 5 bubbles womantraveler59, 14 Apr 2014 | Read review
“There are single and multiple. You're probably going to get the same low quality sleep anywhere.”
  • Bathroom Suite
  • Beach View Looking South
  • Single Room
 of 5 bubbles auztiin, 16 Jan 2014 | Read review
“If you want to walk out your door and fall into the sea, ask for cabins 1,2,3. Also, you want to be near the bathroom and away from the am noise in the kitchen. But really, you can't go wrong.”
 of 5 bubbles JamesM49, 10 Dec 2013 | Read review
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