9 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  7​h
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sixaola, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: Newark, United States

2
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), kick back and relax at Boca del Drago and then make a trip to Playa Bluff.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bocas Town visit planner .

Newark, USA to Bocas Town is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Bluff
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then stop by Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip maker .

Do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Bocas Town to San Jose in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to San Jose. Traveling from Bocas Town in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Jose, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

few
hours
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.
On the 24th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in October: high temperatures in Tortuguero hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sixaola.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Museums
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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Sixaola, Costa Rica

Sixaola ©
Sixaola is a small town in Talamanca of Limón Province, Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): snap pictures at Sixaola Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sixaola day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Sixaola with the Route module. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manzanillo.
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Sixaola Bridge ©
Sixaola Bridge

1
night
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Manzanillo ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sixaola to Manzanillo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

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.
On the 27th (Sun), shop like a local with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker site .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Manzanillo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

1
night
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahuita route planner.

Cahuita is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In October, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Nature Parks
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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