26 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 14 nights
Drive + Ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Bocas Town, Panama
— 7 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Bus:  7​h 15​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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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.
When in Cahuita, make a side trip to see Tortuguero Canal in Puerto Limon, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, identify plant and animal life at Tarantulas Way, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cahuita vacation planning site .

You can drive from San Jose to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in October; daily highs in Cahuita reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tortuguero Canal, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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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.
Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Sixaola Bridge in Sixaola, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. You will leave for Bocas Town on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Bribri, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Sixaola Bridge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bocas Town: Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach) and Wizard Beach (in Isla Bastimentos). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago, walk around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, and explore the striking landscape of Bastimentos National Park.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province, Playa Bluff, Wizard Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

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