21 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Itinerary

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1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
2
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
4
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
5
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Plovdiv to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, thenkick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary tool.

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. June in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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 ©
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): contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, thenpause for some serene contemplation at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, get impressive views of Masaya Volcano, thenstop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, and finally head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada trip builder.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Casco Viejo and Panama Canal. Visiting Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park will get you outdoors. Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Iglesia de San Pedro in Isla Taboga, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Panama City travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Panama City is 1 hour. June in Panama City sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly 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
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenexplore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village, and then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Panama City in June, plan for slightly colder days in Bocas Town, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Costa Rica SUP'ers, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Fly from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough 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
River Rafting & Tubing

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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 27th (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde attractions planning tool.

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. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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