30 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

30 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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30 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Plaza de Francia and El Arco Chato. Get some cultural insight at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City online attractions planner .

Toronto, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Panama City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen
Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour and then stroll through Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary app .

Getting from Panama City to Tamarindo by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Panama City to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Playa Hermosa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online travel route builder .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Zipline
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Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Children's Eternal Rain Forest. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

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Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Chiquita and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get in touch with nature at Playa Cocles and Puerto Viejo Beach. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Cahuita and see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, which is approximately 40 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site .

You can drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Uvita online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Leon holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Manuel Antonio to Leon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manuel Antonio in May, with highs in Leon at 39°C and lows at 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Hervideros de San Jacinto
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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