16 days in Panama, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca & San Jose Itinerary

16 days in Panama, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca & San Jose Itinerary

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Contadora Island, Panama
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Henri Coandă International Airport

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Contadora Island, Panama

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Ejecutiva and Playa de las Suecas. There's more to do: stroll through Playa Larga.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Contadora Island route planning app.

Bucharest, Romania to Contadora Island is an approximately 144-hour travel. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in June; daily highs in Contadora Island reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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Walaba

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.
Visit Punta Uva Beach and Puerto Viejo Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ara Manzanillo and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, get outside with Nature Riders, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Contadora Island to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
On the 9th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, stroll through Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

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San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano and then stroll through Isla Perro. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Chichime.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Blas Islands trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Jose to San Blas Islands. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to San Blas Islands is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in June, with highs in San Blas Islands at 36°C and lows at 28°C. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Panama travel guide

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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.

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.