31 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 8 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights

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Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 26th (Fri), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park online trip builder.

Valletta, Malta to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valletta to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

6
nights

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route builder.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

8
nights
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.
Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Aguas Clara Locks Visitor Center in Colon--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City attractions planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. April in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Barrigona Beach (in Playa Samara). There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with Mojo Surf Adventures, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

Find out how to plan Tamarindo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

5
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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