9 days in Panama Itinerary

9 days in Panama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Panama route maker

Make it your trip
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Bocas Town
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 1 night
Fly to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert, Ferry to Contadora Island
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Panama City
— 4 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Santa Ana


Bocas Town, Isla Colon

— 1 night
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 19th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town tour itinerary maker site.

Santa Ana, USA to Bocas Town is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Ana in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bocas Town, with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Contadora Island

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Larga, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Contadora Island online itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bocas Town to Contadora Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in July, you will find days in Contadora Island are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Panama City

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and stop by Casco Viejo.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and subway. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature


— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Black Christ and then brush up on your military savvy at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Portobelo trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Panama City to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo


Panama travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.