22 days in Panama Itinerary

22 days in Panama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Panama itinerary maker

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Fly
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Boquete
— 4 nights
Drive to Almirante, Ferry to Isla Bastimentos
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Isla Bastimentos
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Colon
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Portobelo
— 2 nights
Bus to Panama City, Ferry to Contadora Island
6
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Panama City
— 7 nights
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Boquete

— 4 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.
Boquete is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), experience rural life at Boquete Bees and Butterflies, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan my day in Boquete using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

San Francisco, USA to Boquete is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Red Frog Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Scuba 6 ECO Diving. On the next day, kick back and relax at Wizard Beach and then head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Bastimentos route planning website.

Getting from Boquete to Isla Bastimentos by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Isla Bastimentos sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Bastimentos to Bocas Town in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Colon

— 2 nights
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
On the 27th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Barro Colorado Island and then contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Centre Canal Expansion and then don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colon trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Colon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Portobelo

— 2 nights
The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Black Christ, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Portobelo tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Colon to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Portobelo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then head outdoors with Coral Dreams. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa de las Suecas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Contadora Island road trip app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Portobelo to Contadora Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in December, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Panama City

— 7 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Panama Canal and Soberania National Park. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, make a trip to Avenida Balboa, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and get outside with Ancon Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Panama City vacation website.

Ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2 hours. In January in Panama City, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Panama travel guide

4.2
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.