35 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

35 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

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35 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
New York City, United States
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Portobelo, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colon, Panama
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Shuttle + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
8
Contadora Island, Panama
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
9
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

8
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our New York City holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to New York City is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in New York City hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Leon.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Asunción, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon travel website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Leon in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Leon is minus 1 hour. In October, Leon is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Momotombo ©
Momotombo
Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano

4
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Take a break from San Juan del Sur with a short trip to Laguna Charco Verde in Isla de Ometepe, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, stroll through Playa Remanso, head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach, and get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur planner .

Traveling by car from Leon to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bordport, Laguna Charco Verde
Highlights from your plan
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
The Art Warehouse ©
The Art Warehouse

4
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Granada journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Portobelo.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Masaya, Managua, Mirador de Catarina
Highlights from your plan
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

2
nights
Portobelo, Panama

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.
Portobelo is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, pause for some photo ops at Black Christ, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Portobelo trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Granada to Portobelo. Traveling from Granada to Portobelo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colon.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Colon, Panama

Colon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks, steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Centre Canal Expansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): head off the coast to Barro Colorado Island.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colon online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Portobelo to Colon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Barro Colorado Island
Highlights from your plan
Barro Colorado Island ©
Barro Colorado Island
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

3
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Up In The Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Up In The Hill, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
night
Contadora Island, Panama

Contadora Island ©
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.
On the 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, then stroll through Playa de las Suecas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Contadora Island sightseeing planner.

Getting from Bocas Town to Contadora Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in October, Contadora Island is little chillier at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas
Playa Cacique ©
Playa Cacique

5
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 Panama City with an excursion to Iglesia de San Pedro in Isla Taboga--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and get outside with Ancon Hill.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City road trip tool .

Ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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