18 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

18 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

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18 days in San Jose, Bocas del Toro Province & Boquete Itinerary

Managua, Nicaragua
bus:  10​h
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
shuttle:  10​h 30​min
Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
shuttle:  6​h
Boquete, Panama
— 13 nights
taxi + bus:  9​h
San Jose, Costa Rica

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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.
On the 17th (Sun), wander the streets of Multiplaza and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

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Managua, Nicaragua to San Jose is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, San Jose is slightly colder than Managua - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

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Multiplaza
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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.
On the 18th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Bay Preserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Boca del Drago and then kick back and relax at Playa Estrella.

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Getting from San Jose to Bocas Town by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bocas Town, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Isla Zapatillas and Finca Lerida Activities. Explore Boquete's surroundings by going to Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca), David (Finca Dracula, Parque Cervantes, & more) and Sitio Barriles Museum (in Volcan). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pipeline Trail, admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, and hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

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Do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Boquete in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Bocas Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Boquete, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boquete

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

David, Caldera Hot Springs, Finca Dracula, Isla Zapatillas, Isla Bolanos
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Isla Zapatillas ©
Isla Zapatillas
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park

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