13 days in Panama Itinerary

13 days in Panama Itinerary

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13 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Panama City
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
3
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
4
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
5
San Blas Islands
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Portobelo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Porto

4
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planning website .

Porto, Portugal to Panama City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in Março; daily highs in Panama City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

2
nights
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Contadora Island road trip planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in Abril, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas

1
night
Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
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.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Polo Beach and then stroll through Red Frog Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Bastimentos online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Contadora Island to Isla Bastimentos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Contadora Island, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Isla Bastimentos, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bocas Town.

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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town visit planning tool .

Bocas Town is very close to Isla Bastimentos. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in Abril, and nighttime lows around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

1
night
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla Perro.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Bocas Town in Abril, expect nights in San Blas Islands to be slightly colder, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Portobelo.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

2
nights
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Portobelo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from San Blas Islands to Portobelo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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