25 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
6
Isla Bastimentos, Panama
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
7
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 1 night
Subway:  3 h 30 min
9
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Hermosa, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

5
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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey builder site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): experience rural life at Boquete Bees, hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), and then take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): trek along Eco Horqueta, take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Baru National Park, and then get outside with Finca Lerida Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Boquete sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Boquete takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) ©
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park

1
night
Isla Bastimentos, Panama

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Polo Beach and then head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Bastimentos travel route planning site.

Getting from Boquete to Isla Bastimentos by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Isla Bastimentos can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Nature Beaches
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Isla Bastimentos ©
Isla Bastimentos

1
night
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 20th (Mon), explore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town online attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Isla Bastimentos to Bocas Town in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

1
night
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 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Blas Islands itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in April, you will find days in San Blas Islands are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are little chillier (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the subway ride to Panama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature Wildlife Beaches
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Panama City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by subway from San Blas Islands to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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