19 days in Panama City, Costa Rica & Jamaica Itinerary

19 days in Panama City, Costa Rica & Jamaica Itinerary

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19 days in Panama City, Costa Rica & Jamaica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  9​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  6​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Panama City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in June since evenings lows in Panama City dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Fishing Charters & Tours
Room Escape Games

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Monkey Park. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Tamarindo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Spas & Wellness, Playa Conchal
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ocho Rios.

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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

3
nights
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Harmony Hall Jamaica. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, take in the natural beauty of Firewater Mineral Healing Spring, and get in on the family fun at Rainforest Adventures Jamaica.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocho Rios trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monteverde to Ocho Rios. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Ocho Rios. In June, daily temperatures in Ocho Rios can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Firewater Mineral Healing Spring
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Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ©

3
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hip Strip. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Rose Hall Great House, then look for gifts at Tropicana Jewelers, and then take an in-depth tour of Greenwood Great House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montego Bay trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 77°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Montego Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House

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