14 days in Central America Itinerary

14 days in Central America Itinerary

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14 days in Central America Itinerary

Calgary, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
Calgary, Canada

2
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo and then make a trip to Panama Canal.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner .

Calgary, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in April, things will get much hotter in Panama City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

4
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
day
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

1
day
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 (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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