8 days in Panama Itinerary

8 days in Panama Itinerary

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8 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Panama City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

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New York City, USA to Panama City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Panama City at 88°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Bay Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, make a trip to Playa Bluff, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in January; daily highs in Bocas Town reach 52°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve

1
night
Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Red Frog Beach.

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Isla Bastimentos is just a stone's throw from Bocas Town. In January, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

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