15 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, then examine the collection at Biomuseo, then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Panama City is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in June: highs in Panama City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature
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Panama Canal
4.6
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Casco Viejo
4.4

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Change things up with a short trip to Uvita Beach in Uvita (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Playa Biesanz
4.4

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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.
Get outdoors at Proyecto Asis and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Proyecto Asis
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Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Avellana. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Costa Rica'n Art Craft in Liberia, approximately Liberia away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and stroll through Monkey Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Playa Avellana
4.5

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation builder website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
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