12 days in Panama Itinerary

12 days in Panama Itinerary

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12 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: San Jose
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  1​h 45​min
1
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
2
Isla Bastimentos
— Few hours
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Colon
— 2 nights
4
Panama City
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: San Jose

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.
Step out of Bocas Town to go to Bluff Beach and see Playa Bluff, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boca del Drago, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Estrella.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town route builder .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Bocas Town is an approximately 2-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Bocas Town. Traveling from San Jose in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bocas Town, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

few
hours
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 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Frog Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Isla Bastimentos tour itinerary maker tool .

Isla Bastimentos is just a stone's throw from Bocas Town. In February, daily temperatures in Isla Bastimentos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Colon.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Gatun Locks, then enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colon trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Isla Bastimentos to Colon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Isla Bastimentos in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colon, with highs around 37°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Panama City.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion
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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

6
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, get outside with Ancon Hill, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City online travel planner .

You can take a shuttle from Colon to Panama City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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