15 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, examine the collection at Biomuseo, then make a trip to Panama Canal, and finally steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San José. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and then explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

Plan my trip to Panama City with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: highs in Panama City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Biesanz. Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Uvita Beach (in Uvita). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Getting from Panama City to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Uvita Beach
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Explore hidden gems such as Proyecto Asis and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Conchal and Off-Road Tours. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Avellana will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and stroll through Monkey Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica'n Art Craft
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online route planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

Similar Plans

19 days in Panama & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Panama BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM GERMANY March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM EGYPT March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Panama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Panama BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Panama BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Panama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans