21 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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Colon, Panama
— 2 nights
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Portobelo, Panama
— Few hours
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City travel itinerary planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Panama City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Bucharest in June, expect Panama City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Boquete Bees, then explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, and finally stroll through Eco Horqueta.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Boquete day trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Boquete in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) ©
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees
Spas

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Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip planner.

Getting from Boquete to Bocas Town by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach

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Colon, Panama

Colon ©
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks and then steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion and then visit Panamá-Canal Railroad.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colon route maker app.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Colon in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks

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Portobelo, Panama

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Portobelo trip planner.

You can drive from Colon to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Dominical and see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Portobelo to Manuel Antonio takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Portobelo to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Los Chorros Waterfalls (in Grecia), La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park) and Mariposas Sarchi (in Sarchi). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca holiday builder tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©

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