19 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 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.
Visiting Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Biomuseo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Portobelo). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Panama City journey planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Panama City is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Bratislava in March: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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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.
On the 10th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights

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 Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
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 18th (Wed): stroll through Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, and then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa Samara online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get a sense of the local culture at Ecological Sanctuary and Alas y Raices. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde attractions website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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