11 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

11 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

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11 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

Start: Managua, Nicaragua
bus:  5​h
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
shuttle:  10​h 30​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
shuttle:  6​h
3
Boquete, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Managua, Nicaragua

1
night
San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Chieton Moren and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder website

The Route module can help you plan travel from Managua to San Jose. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Managua in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in San Jose

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

4
nights
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.
Step out of Bocas Town to go to Bluff Beach and see Playa Bluff, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bocas Town online itinerary maker

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Jose to Bocas Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose to Bocas Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in December since evenings lows in Bocas Town dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Playa Bluff
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

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.
Go for a jaunt from Boquete to David to see Finca Dracula about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), get lost in a book at Biblioteca de Boquete, stop by Chox Artisan Chocolate, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Boquete route planner

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Boquete takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Bocas Town in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Boquete, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boquete

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Zapatillas, Finca Dracula
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Coffee & Tea Tours

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