21 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

Start: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
+5
Train + Subway + Foot + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  28​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Drive + Bus + Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+5
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Foot + Subway + Train:  28​h
End: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

4
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
On the 16th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get impressive views of Mombacho, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, get impressive views of Masaya Volcano, then stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, and finally step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masaya Volcano
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Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Isla Taboga to see Iglesia de San Pedro about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Panama City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Panama City is 1 hour. June in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

1
night
Bocas Town, Panama

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in June, expect nights in Bocas Town to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Zipline will get you outdoors. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Costa Rica SUP'ers in Jaco, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Nahomi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde journey app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 29th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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