32 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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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.
Keep things going the next day: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see photos and more tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

Valletta, Malta to Tamarindo is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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Liberia, Costa Rica

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.
On the 28th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at Costa Rica Private Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Liberia online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

Drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

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Granada, Nicaragua

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco and Mi Museo. Take a break from the city and head to Apoyo and Islets of Granada. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, and make a trip to Parque Xalteva.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

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Leon, Nicaragua

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): shake up your sightseeing with Volcano Day and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from the city and head to Soberania National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo in Portobelo, approximately Portobelo away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Leon to Panama City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Leon to Panama City is 1 hour. When traveling from Leon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Namu and Jade Museum. Let the collections at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle capture your imagination. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Panama City to San Jose in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Panama City in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Escape the urban bustle at Corcovado National Park and Cano Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Drake Bay: Osa Canopy Tour (in Ballena) and Magic Ananda (in Uvita).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Drake Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder tool.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Alas y Raices. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online journey planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Panama travel guide

4.1
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.