15 days in Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America route planner

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Panama City day trip planner.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Panama City to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can 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.
On the 22nd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip tool.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 24th (Wed): trot along 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.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can 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 25th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (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.
On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Samara Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 30th (Tue): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and finally take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

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 2nd (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.