32 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

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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.
Keep things going the next day: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see photos and more tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

Valletta, Malta to Tamarindo is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
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Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 28th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at Costa Rica Private Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Liberia online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Costa Rica Private Tours ©
Costa Rica Private Tours
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

Drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Granada.

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
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco and ChocoMuseo Granada. Take a break from the city and head to Apoyo and Islets of Granada. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and make a trip to Parque Xalteva.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

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Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): shake up your sightseeing with Volcano Day and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and then visit Catedral de la Asunción.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Volcano Day ©
Volcano Day
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Soberania National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San José. When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo in Portobelo, approximately Portobelo away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Leon to Panama City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Leon to Panama City is 1 hour. When traveling from Leon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Namu and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Let the collections at Jade Museum and Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings capture your imagination. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, engage your brain at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Panama City to San Jose in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Panama City in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Escape the urban bustle at Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Drake Bay: Osa Canopy Tour (in Ballena) and Magic Ananda (in Uvita). Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sun) at Cano Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Drake Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Osa Canopy Tour ©
Osa Canopy Tour

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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 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder tool.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 some cultural insight at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the exhibits of Sarah's Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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