22 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Drive
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El Valle de Anton, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boquete, Panama
— 1 night
Drive
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
Subway
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Drive
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Golfito, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night

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Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 17th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Albrook Mall and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Panama City driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, Panamá Pacífico International Airport and Tocumen International Airport. In September in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 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 · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

El Valle de Anton, Panama

— 2 nights
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): take in the dramatic scenery at El Chorro Macho, stroll through Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center), and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Pozos Termales.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read El Valle de Anton trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Panama City to El Valle de Anton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Boquete, Panama

— 1 night
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 find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boquete trip planning app.

You can drive from El Valle de Anton to Boquete in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Bocas Town, Panama

— 2 nights
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): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Dolphin Bay Preserve.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Boquete to Bocas Town in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

San Blas Islands, Panama

— 2 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Blas Islands driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and subway; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in September, San Blas Islands is little chillier at night with lows of 28°C. You'll set off for Panama City on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City travel itinerary planner.

Take a subway from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Golfito.
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Golfito, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Piedras Blancas National Park. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Plan a Golfito trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Panama City to Golfito in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Golfito

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Dominical, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dominical: Cloudbridge Nature Reserve (in San Gerardo De Rivas), Santa Lucia Falls (in Uvita) and Catarata Bijagual (in Jaco). There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, tour in harmony with nature at Hacienda Baru Lodge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dominical online trip builder.

You can drive from Golfito to Dominical in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 5:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Mulguri Adventure has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, stroll through Playa Biesanz, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure, and finally look for gifts at Super Joseth.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Liberia, Costa Rica

— 1 night

White City

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 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the water at your own pace with Costa Rica Sailing Center, then view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Lazy Lizard Sailing, and finally look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Liberia day trip app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Liberia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.