19 days in Panama Itinerary

19 days in Panama Itinerary

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Panama City
— 2 nights
Subway
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San Blas Islands
— 2 nights
Fly to Bocas Del Toro, Ferry to Isla Bastimentos
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Isla Bastimentos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Taxi to Boquete
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Boquete
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Catalina
— 1 night
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Isla de Coiba
— 2 nights
Fly to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert, Ferry to Contadora Island
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Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Panama City
— 1 night
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Panama City

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and Bahai Temple. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and make a trip to Palacio Bolivar.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City trip itinerary planning tool.

Berlin, Germany to Panama City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Berlin to Panama City. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take the subway to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

San Blas Islands

— 2 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
On the 3rd (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isla Perro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Blas Islands sightseeing planner.

Traveling by subway from Panama City to San Blas Islands takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in San Blas Islands sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Spas · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Isla Bastimentos

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Red Frog Beach and then head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Bocas Healing Yoga Heather Rose and then see some colorful creatures with Scuba 6 ECO Diving.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Bastimentos trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Blas Islands to Isla Bastimentos by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of subway, bus, and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Blas Islands in November: highs in Isla Bastimentos hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Bocas Town, Isla Colon

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get outside with Tajada de Sandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Boca del Drago and then stroll through Starfish Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Bastimentos to Bocas Town in an hour. November in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Boquete

— 3 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcan Baru National Park and Los Ladrillos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and Los Cangilones de Gualaca. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Cascada Macho de Monte and stop by Casa Decor Boquete.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete road trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Bocas Town to Boquete in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Catalina.

Things to do in Boquete

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Catalina

— 1 night
Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
On the 11th (Thu), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Catalina.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Catalina road trip website.

Drive from Boquete to Santa Catalina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Coiba.

Things to do in Santa Catalina

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Isla de Coiba

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Coiba day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Catalina to Isla de Coiba. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Isla de Coiba

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Contadora Island

— 2 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Ejecutiva and Playa Larga. Visiting Coral Dreams and Playa Cacique will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Isla de Coiba to Contadora Island in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Panama City

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

On the 17th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Panama travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.