10 days in Bocas del Toro Province & Tamarindo Itinerary

10 days in Bocas del Toro Province & Tamarindo Itinerary

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10 days in Bocas del Toro Province & Tamarindo Itinerary

Start: Bocas Town, Panama
1
Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + bus + taxi:  13​h
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
End: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

3
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Starfish Beach and Wizard Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bastimentos National Park and Plastic Bottle Village. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and get outside with Tajada de Sandia.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bocas Town trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Panama, the closest major airports are Bocas Del Toro International Airport, Cap Manuel Niño International Airport and Enrique Malek International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wizard Beach, Bastimentos National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bastimentos National Park ©
Bastimentos National Park
Wizard Beach ©
Wizard Beach

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Playa Avellana and Playa Danta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara), Playa Carrillo (in Playa Carrillo) and Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juanillo Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Buena Nena.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi from Bocas Town to Tamarindo in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Playa Carrillo, San Juanillo Beach, Belen Waterfall, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Carrillo ©
Playa Carrillo

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