13 days in Costa Rica, Bocas Town & Isla Bastimentos Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica, Bocas Town & Isla Bastimentos Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
— 2 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jaco tour itinerary website.

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde travel planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

San Jose, Costa Rica

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off to Bocas Town.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Bocas Town, Panama

— 3 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Starfish Beach and then stroll through Boca del Drago.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to Bocas Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Bocas Town is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bocas Town, with lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Bastimentos, Panama

— 2 nights
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Wizard Beach and then kick back and relax at Red Frog Beach. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos and then get outside with Scuba 6 ECO Diving.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Isla Bastimentos journey site.

Traveling by ferry from Bocas Town to Isla Bastimentos takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Isla Bastimentos are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
On the 27th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel website.

Getting from Isla Bastimentos to San Jose by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Isla Bastimentos in July since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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