29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

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Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly + Shuttle:  16 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 45 min
9
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Santiago, Chile

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Venado Caves. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and trek along Senderos Los Tucanes.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Santiago, Chile to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park

3
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Rajada. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. Change things up with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil (about 2h 15 min away). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, browse the exhibits of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Liberia holiday maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Rajada, Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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 get in some beach time at Playa Danta and Penca Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Papaya Con Leche. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa Conchal), Playa Flamingo (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, stroll through Monkey Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Flamingo, Penca Beach
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Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): trot along with Tokpela, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Kayaking & Canoeing, Tokpela
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Kayaking & Canoeing
Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Barraba's Surf, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Playas Gemelas ©
Playas Gemelas
Barraba's Surf ©
Barraba's Surf

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then kick back and relax at Playa Matapalo, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and finally admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Playa Matapalo, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Playa La Barqueta. Escape the urban bustle at Los Cangilones de Gualaca and Los Ladrillos. Venture out of the city with trips to Arte Cruz (in Volcan) and Caldera Hot Springs (in Caldera). There's lots more to do: hike along Eco Horqueta, have fun at Boquete Buggies, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Casa Decor Boquete.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Uvita to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uvita to Boquete due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arte Cruz, Caldera Hot Springs, Playa La Barqueta, Los Cangilones de Gualaca
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Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca
River Rafting & Tubing
Caldera Hot Springs ©
Caldera Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and then stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Choco, and then kick back and relax at Manzanillo Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, Yesland Mini Golf, Manzanillo Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choco ©
Choco

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Parasailing & Paragliding. We've included these beaches for you: Bahia Suroeste and Cocoplum Bay. Take a break from San Andres Island with a short trip to Morgan's Head in Providencia Island, about 5h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, walk around Parque Ecologico San Andres, and don't miss a visit to Mare.

You can plan San Andres Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Providencia Island, El Totumo Volcon
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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