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

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

Created using Inspirock Central America visit planner

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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, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and examine the collection at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City journey maker website.

Los Angeles, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Panama City. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Panama City, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · 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.
Bocas Town is known for wildlife, beaches, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach, make a trip to Random Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphin Bay Preserve, and have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village.

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Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by combination of bus and ferry takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bocas Town when traveling from Panama City in September, with lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.
To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning tool.

Getting from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Tortuguero.

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 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 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

Nature · Parks · 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): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Liberia trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave 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.
To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde tour app.

You can drive from Liberia to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Outdoors · 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 see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 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. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

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.