19 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bratislava, Slovakia
bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  22​h 45​min
End: Bratislava, Slovakia


4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Multiplaza Pacific and Iglesia del Carmen. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Francia, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary maker app .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bratislava to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bratislava in December; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Boquete, Panama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Cloud Forest Botanicals and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then stop by Chox Artisan Chocolate.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boquete journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Boquete can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Spas & Wellness
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Boquete to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Boquete in December, expect Manuel Antonio to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecocentro Danaus and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo holiday planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through The Bat Jungle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline

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