17 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Ancon Hill and Metropolitan National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cinta Costera and Iglesia de San José. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and see the interesting displays at Biomuseo.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Panama City online trip itinerary maker.

Stockholm, Sweden to Panama City is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Stockholm to Panama City. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Ancon Hill ©
Ancon Hill
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera

3
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

Getting from Panama City to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: 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 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

3
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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.
Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cheboards. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder site.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake Arenal. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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