17 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & Bocas Town Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & Bocas Town Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & Bocas Town Itinerary

Start: Panama City, Panama
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
1
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  1​h 45​min
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Panama City, Panama


2
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.
On the 8th (Tue), stop by Chox Artisan Chocolate and then get outside with Finca Lerida Activities. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and then trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Boquete trip itinerary planner .

Panama City to Boquete is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Boquete can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors Parks Trails
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Pipeline Trail ©
Pipeline Trail

3
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.
Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Bay Preserve, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Estrella.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bocas Town trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Boquete to Bocas Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Boquete in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: El Toledo Coffee Tour (in Atenas), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bocas Town to San Jose in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bocas Town in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Jose, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

El Toledo Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Pura Aventura (in El Guapote) and Tamarindo (Monkey Park, Tamarindo Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco visit planning tool .

Getting from San Jose to Playas del Coco by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect Playas del Coco to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 23rd (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour, then kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

Start your trip to Jaco by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Jaco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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