6 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
+6
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  10 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  8 h
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 day
Ferry + Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

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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.
On the 26th (Sat), get outside with El Salto and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Bocas Town can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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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 30th (Wed): look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose route maker.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

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