16 days in Panama Itinerary

16 days in Panama Itinerary

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16 days in Panama Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  12​h
Panama City
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 45​min
Colon
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
ferry + Fly + bus:  8​h
Pedasi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Rio Hato
— 2 nights
bus + taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
Contadora Island
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Panama City
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
Vancouver

4
days
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some historical perspective at Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen. Visiting Metropolitan National Park and Isla Santa Catalina will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, buy something for everyone on your list at Albrook Mall, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Culebra Nature Center, and head outdoors with Ancon Hill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City road trip planning site .

Vancouver, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Panama City. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in May; daily highs in Panama City reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Colon.

Things to do in Panama City

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Isla Santa Catalina
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Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo, enjoy breathtaking views from Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion, and then steep yourself in history at Gatun Locks.

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You can take a shuttle from Panama City to Colon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

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

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Boca del Drago and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Estrella.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. When traveling from Colon in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Bocas Town, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
day
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 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Frog Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Isla Bastimentos trip planning website .

Isla Bastimentos is very close to Bocas Town. In May, 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 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Pedasi.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

1
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Pedasi

Pedasi ©
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Artemania and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Venao Beach.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Isla Bastimentos to Pedasi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Isla Bastimentos to Pedasi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rio Hato.

Things to do in Pedasi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Venao Beach ©
Playa Venao Beach

1
day
Rio Hato

Rio Hato ©
Close to many popular natural attractions, Rio Hato provides a good place to base yourself during a wider exploration of the area.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Farallon Butterflies, then head outdoors with Leading Adventures, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Clara.

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Drive from Pedasi to Rio Hato in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Rio Hato

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Playa Santa Clara
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Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Larga and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio Hato to Contadora Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Panama City.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

2
days
Panama City

Panama City ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the different shops at Multiplaza Pacific and then take a stroll through Cinta Costera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, identify plant and animal life at Punta Culebra Nature Center, then see the interesting displays at Biomuseum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Panama City online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
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Panama La Vieja
Biomuseum ©
Biomuseum

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