8 days in San Jose & Panama City Itinerary

8 days in San Jose & Panama City Itinerary

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8 days in San Jose & Panama City Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Bridgetown, Barbados

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, then steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, and then take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner .

Bridgetown, Barbados to San Jose is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bridgetown in July, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardin Botanico Lankester
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester
Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras

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 Fishing Charters & Tours and Iglesia del Carmen. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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