19 days in Costa Rica, Panama City & Bocas Town Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica, Panama City & Bocas Town Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Bus to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Almirante, Bus to Sixaola, Foot to Sixaola, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Panama La Vieja, Casco Viejo and Panama Canal. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, examine the collection at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City online tour itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Panama City is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Panama City, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Bocas Town, Panama

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Beach Club, Crawl Cay (Kraal Cay) and Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Starfish Beach, head outdoors with Tajada de Sandia, enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago, and see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Panama City to Bocas Town in 11.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bocas Town, with lows of 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Tortuguero on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 22nd (Wed), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Tours

Liberia, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour and then experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You've now added Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Liberia to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose attractions planner.

Drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. September in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.