26 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & David Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & David Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica, Boquete & David Itinerary

Start: Panama City, Panama
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
10
David, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Panama City, Panama

2
nights
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose vacation builder tool .

Panama City, Panama to San Jose is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. In May, San Jose is slightly colder than Panama City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Pack the 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, then stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Liberia trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. May in Liberia sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip website .

Drive from Liberia to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and then look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco travel route planning tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita journey builder .

Traveling by bus from Jaco to Uvita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay planning site .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and then hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Boquete fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Boquete in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to David.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Chox Artisan Chocolate ©
Chox Artisan Chocolate

1
night
David, Panama

David ©
A base for exploring the west of the country and further afield, David benefits from the Pan-American Highway going right through town, linking it to cities in the east of Panama, and Costa Rica.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Chiriqui, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Jose De David, and then make a trip to Parque Cervantes.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our David online route planner .

Take a bus from Boquete to David in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in David

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiriqui
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Catedral San Jose De David ©
Catedral San Jose De David
Parque Cervantes ©
Parque Cervantes

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