11 days in Panama Itinerary

11 days in Panama Itinerary

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11 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Blas Islands
— Few hours
bus:  3​h 15​min
Panama City
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  3​h 45​min
Isla Bastimentos
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
Colon
— Few hours
+2
bus + taxi + ferry:  3​h
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head off the coast to Isla Perro.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Blas Islands trip itinerary planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to San Blas Islands is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to San Blas Islands. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Blas Islands, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

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Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albrook Mall and Multiplaza Pacific. Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, and see the interesting displays at Biomuseum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Panama City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

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Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Red Frog Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Isla Bastimentos trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Panama City to Isla Bastimentos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Isla Bastimentos, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Bocas Town.

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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

3
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Estrella and then stroll through Boca del Drago.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town itinerary planner.

Bocas Town is just a short distance from Isla Bastimentos. In July in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colon.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

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Colon

Colon
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colon vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Colon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Bocas Town in July, expect nights in Colon to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks

2
nights
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then stroll through Playa Larga.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Contadora Island trip itinerary builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from Colon to Contadora Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva

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