55 days in Costa Rica, San Blas Islands & Panama City Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica, San Blas Islands & Panama City Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dominical, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Boruca, Costa Rica
— 9 nights
Drive
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Panama City, Panama
— 12 nights
Drive
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Bribri, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica

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 11th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally stroll around Parque La Sabana.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Munich, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Munich to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munich in October, expect San Jose to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

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

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get outside with El Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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Walaba

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.
Jaguar Rescue Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Jaguar Rescue Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 27th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

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You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Poas Volcano National Park in 4.5 hours. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Dominical, Costa Rica

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
When in Dominical, make a side trip to see Uvita Beach in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dominical itinerary planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Dominical by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
San Blas Islands is known for nature, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Isla Perro and step off the mainland to explore Isla Chichime.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Blas Islands online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Dominical to San Blas Islands with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dominical to San Blas Islands. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will leave for Boruca on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Boruca, Costa Rica

La Amistad International Park has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Boruca to Puerto Jimenez to see Osa Wildlife Sanctuary about 1h 30 min away.

Discover how to plan a Boruca trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from San Blas Islands to Boruca with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Blas Islands to Boruca. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boruca

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Portobelo (Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planning site.

You can drive from Boruca to Panama City in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boruca to Panama City due to the time zone difference. November in Panama City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Bribri on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Bribri, Costa Rica

Your day by day itinerary now includes La Amistad International Park. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at La Amistad International Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bribri day trip site.

Traveling by car from Panama City to Bribri takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Panama City to Bribri, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Bribri

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.