41 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

41 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
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Managua, Nicaragua
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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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City day trip planning site.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands visit planning app.

You can take a bus from Panama City to San Blas Islands in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City tour itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. You'll set off for Bocas Town on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Starfish Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore and learn at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. It doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in January, with highs in Bocas Town at 13°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 15th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Uvita, Costa Rica

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
You'll explore and learn at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. Step off the beaten path and head to Oro Verde Biological Reserve and Parasailing & Paragliding. Take a break from Uvita with a short trip to Parque National Los Quetzales in San Gerardo de Dota, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uvita vacation planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Bejuco. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Jaco). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and finally browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Get outdoors at Playa Guiones and Playa Buena Vista. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Wild By Nature Adventures (in Playa San Miguel), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Tamarindo Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Mina (in Playa Conchal), Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Liberia, Costa Rica

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Miravalles Volcano. Change things up with these side-trips from Liberia: Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
You'll explore and learn at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Leon, Nicaragua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Entomologico de Leon.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Leon driving holiday planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Managua.

Things to do in Leon

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Managua, Nicaragua

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Managua using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Managua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Managua

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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.

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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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.

Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.