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
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
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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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

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 Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San José. Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Gamboa (Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion & Panama Rainforest Discovery Center). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, and learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

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

4
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Boquete, Panama

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 Spas. Get in touch with nature at Los Cangilones de Gualaca and Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Boquete side-trips: David (Playa La Barqueta & Catedral San Jose De David) and Sitio Barriles Museum (in Volcan). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eco Horqueta, explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, enjoy some diversion at Boquete Buggies, and look for gifts at Casa Decor Boquete.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Boquete trip planner.

Fly from Panama City to Boquete in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

4
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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.
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

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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 Playas Gemelas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Jaco) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, 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

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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.
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

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

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

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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 Penca Beach. Visiting Playa Avellana and Playa Mina will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
Get outdoors at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco). 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

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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 Paradise Hot Springs and Safaris. Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Venture out of the city with trips to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's much more to do: hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

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

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Las Penitas and Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de la Asunción 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 · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Panama travel guide

4.1
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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

4.3
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.