33 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Aruba Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica, Panama & Aruba Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Cano Negro, 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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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 6 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Piedra de Fuego in Esparza, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Cano Negro, Costa Rica

On the 6th (Sun), stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cano Negro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Cano Negro takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cano Negro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Poas Volcano. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to La Virgen and see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Getting from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero visit planning site.

You can 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 September, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Get outdoors at Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Drake Bay in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Zipline & Mirador de Jaco). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

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 (Mon) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Metropolitan National Park and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion. Casco Viejo and Cinta Costera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga) and Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and examine the collection at Biomuseo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Panama City travel route builder website.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
California Lighthouse and Fort Zoutman Historical Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Eagle Beach and Hadicurari Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Palm - Eagle Beach side-trips: Baby Beach (in San Nicolas) and Natural Pool (in Noord). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palm Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alto Vista Chapel, explore the striking landscape at Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, and stroll through Arashi Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Palm - Eagle Beach trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Palm - Eagle Beach takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Palm - Eagle Beach is 1 hour. Traveling from Panama City in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Palm - Eagle Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Panama travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Aruba travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops
Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.