15 days in Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 10th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary app.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City. When traveling from London in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary builder.

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 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco travel route builder tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 15th (Thu), stroll through Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa journey builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Samara Beach. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then stroll through Playa Guiones.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 18th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online holiday builder.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and finally take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.