32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

Start: Mytilene, Greece
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
10
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Mytilene, Greece


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1
night
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 2nd (Thu), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

Plan my Poas Volcano National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Mytilene, Greece to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

3
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.
Get outdoors at Tamarindo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and stroll through Playa Nacascolo.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo vacation maker website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
We've included these beaches for you: Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Belen Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (Nativa Gallery, Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, & more). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip maker site .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 10th (Fri), get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste route builder website .

Getting from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel route planner .

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker .

You can 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 January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend a day of island exploring on the 26th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay holiday maker app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of the city life by going to Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Panama City travel route site .

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Panama City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Drake Bay to Panama City. In January, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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