31 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

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Fly to Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 8 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Valletta

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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 26th (Fri), join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park online trip builder.

Valletta, Malta to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valletta to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Nightlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 8 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Aguas Clara Locks Visitor Center in Colon--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City attractions planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. April in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Barrigona Beach (in Playa Samara). There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with Mojo Surf Adventures, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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Traveling by flight from Panama City to Tamarindo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

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.