15 days in Panama Itinerary

15 days in Panama Itinerary

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15 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  10​h
1
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
2
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Boquete
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Colon
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + ferry:  3​h
5
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Panama City
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
San Blas Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bocas Town travel route site .

Toronto, Canada to Bocas Town is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Red Frog Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Isla Bastimentos online trip itinerary maker .

Isla Bastimentos is just a short distance from Bocas Town. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

2
nights
Boquete

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.
On the 30th (Fri), look for gifts at Casa Decor Boquete, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Chox Artisan Chocolate and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Boquete trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Isla Bastimentos to Boquete in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daytime highs in Boquete are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colon.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Spas & Wellness
Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge ©
Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge

1
night
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 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo and then steep yourself in history at Gatun Locks.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Colon itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Colon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. March in Colon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites
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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo

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 2nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island visit planner .

You can ride a ferry from Colon to Contadora Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva

4
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Francia.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City trip maker tool .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

2
nights
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Blas Islands holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Panama City to San Blas Islands in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. April in San Blas Islands sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

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