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 Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San José. Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Panama City online trip maker.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Panama City is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Bratislava to Panama City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Panama City is much hotter than Bratislava - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Casco Viejo
4.4
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National Park
Soberania National Park
4.3
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.5

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 · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6

1
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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

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

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 La Fortuna Waterfall. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, 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

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Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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 · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

3
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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.
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
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Historic Walking Area
Ecological Sanctuary
4.2

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