We were there in January and February.
I found the rules to be inconsistent between ports
. The port captain
in Bocas told us we should have gotten a coastal clearance from San Blas, however, in San Blas the port captain
told us we did not need one. And etc. So I don't think you can get reliable information by asking officials in Bocas or Portobello what to do in San Blas.
I think the best information may be from local cruisers. If no one here has a good answer for you, I recommend "Cruisers Network Online", an email
list on Yahoo Groups.
There is a 'San Blas Cruisers' FB group, which many of the long term cruisers in those waters are on. They would know the current
state of the rules there. When we left, the rules were changing quite a bit and unpredictable due to an internal political fight.
The local morning SSB
net did have a lot of knowledgable people on it. Maybe in Bocas you could find someone with an SSB and use that to ask?
Have fun there!