44 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

44 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Biomuseo and Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Bahai Temple. Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Gamboa (Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion & Panama Rainforest Discovery Center). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary planning app.

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. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Volcan Baru National Park and Los Cangilones de Gualaca. Get in touch with nature at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge and Playa La Barqueta. Get out of town with these interesting Boquete side-trips: Catedral San Jose De David (in David) and Sitio Barriles Museum (in Volcan). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Casa Decor Boquete, hike along Eco Horqueta, and take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Boquete online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Boquete takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Spas
Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

Walaba

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 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Parque National Los Quetzales in San Gerardo de Dota, approximately San Gerardo de Dota away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uvita online route maker.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
El Sitio Museo Finca 6 ©
El Sitio Museo Finca 6
Parque National Los Quetzales ©
Parque National Los Quetzales

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Bejuco. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Espadilla Norte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Jaco). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
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 Manzanillo. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Guiones and Wild By Nature Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Playa Garza (in Garza), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Avellana. Visiting Playa Mina and Tamarindo Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, see Off-Road Tours, and stroll through Monkey Park.

Plan a Tamarindo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Mina ©
Playa Mina

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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.
Get outdoors at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Miravalles Volcano. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to 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, admire the masterpieces at ArtWood Museum, view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and look for gifts at Nahua.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Liberia road trip website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Arenal 1968 Trail. Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

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 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Las Penitas and Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. Your inner history buff will appreciate Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus and Church The Recollection. Take a break from Leon with a short trip to Chorotega-Nicarao Museum in Chinandega, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, learn more about the world around you at Museo Entomologico de Leon, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Leon online trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Leon are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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