22 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Panama City, Panama
1
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
El Valle de Anton, Panama
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
3
Boquete, Panama
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
4
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Golfito, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Dominical, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night
End: Liberia, Costa Rica

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Albrook Mall and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Panama City itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Tocumen International Airport, Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport and Panama Pacific International Airport. September in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

2
nights
El Valle de Anton, Panama

El Valle de Anton ©
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butterfly Haven as well as Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center). Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of El Chorro Macho, identify plant and animal life at Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center), and then take in the natural beauty of Los Pozos Termales. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Haven.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Valle de Anton online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Panama City to El Valle de Anton in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Boquete.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boquete trip generator.

Getting from El Valle de Anton to Boquete by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. September in Boquete sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
Dolphin Bay Preserve has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bocas Town vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Boquete to Bocas Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bocas Town when traveling from Boquete in September, with lows around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head off the coast to Isla Perro. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Blas Islands custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, train, and taxi. Traveling from Bocas Town in September, San Blas Islands is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off toPanama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City tour planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Golfito.
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal

2
nights
Golfito, Costa Rica

Golfito ©
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. You've now added Piedras Blancas National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Piedras Blancas National Park. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Golfito trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Panama City to Golfito by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. September in Golfito sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Golfito

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

7
nights
Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dominical Waverider Surf Camp & Retreat as well as Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio. Explore Dominical's surroundings by going to Santa Lucia Falls (in Uvita) and Cloudbridge Nature Reserve (in Chirripo National Park). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and head outdoors with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dominical travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Golfito to Dominical in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Golfito to Dominical. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Dominical

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Uvita, Catarata Bijagual, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Dominical Waverider Surf Camp & Retreat ©
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mulguri Adventure. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Super Joseth, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Dominical to Manuel Antonio in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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night
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lazy Lizard Sailing as well as River Rafting & Tubing. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): paddle through the water with Costa Rica Sailing Center and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Lazy Lizard Sailing. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Liberia vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Liberia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manuel Antonio in October; daily highs in Liberia reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Lazy Lizard Sailing, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Lazy Lizard Sailing ©
Lazy Lizard Sailing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

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