22 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Bocas Town, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  31​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to San Jose is minus 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

5
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, make a trip to Random Art, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip builder .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town. In December, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

4
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas), Montezuma Falls (in Montezuma) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa driving holiday tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bocas Town to Santa Teresa. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Quesera, Montezuma Falls, Tortuga Island
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara), Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Samara Beach, Playa Conchal, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

Plan a Manuel Antonio trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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