22 days in Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro Province & Panama City Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro Province & Panama City Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro Province & Panama City Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  19​h
1
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Montezuma, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h
3
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Bluff Beach, Panama
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Berlin, Germany

1
night
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 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary site .

Berlin, Germany to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Montezuma, Costa Rica

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Montezuma planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Uvita day trip app .

You can ride a ferry from Montezuma to Uvita in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

4
nights
Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Spend the 15th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Quepos trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Uvita to Quepos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then add some adventure to your tour with Tortuguero Adventures.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip site .

Traveling by car from Quepos to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Nightlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Explore Cahuita's surroundings by going to Nature Observatorio (in Manzanillo) and Punta Uva Beach (in Punta Uva). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Bluff Beach.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
day
Bluff Beach, Panama

Bluff Beach ©
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bluff Beach online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Bluff Beach takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cahuita in November, expect nights in Bluff Beach to be a bit warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bluff Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panama City road trip app .

Getting from Bluff Beach to Panama City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Bluff Beach in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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