15 days in Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary maker

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
4
Turrialba, Costa Rica
— 1 day
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
7
Panama City, Panama
— Few hours

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Wood & Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately Quesada away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Proyecto Asis, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

Roanoke, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Roanoke to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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.
On the 19th (Tue), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Museo de Arte Costarricense. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, walk around Parque La Sabana, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in October, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Yoga Massage Therapy, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

1
day
Turrialba, Costa Rica

On the 24th (Sun), head outdoors with Costa Rica Experience and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turrialba trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Turrialba takes 2 hours. October in Turrialba sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Costa Rica Experience ©
Costa Rica Experience

1
night
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 25th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio visit planner.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Spas
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

few
hours
Panama City, Panama

Panama City
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Similar plans

18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, popular sights Preferences: May, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA February, culture, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: February, culture, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA December, teens, popular sights Preferences: December, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Guatemala & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM URUGUAY February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans