44 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

44 days in Panama & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Boquete, Panama
— 5 nights
2
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
5
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
6
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
7
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
9
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
10
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
11
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isla Zapatillas and Spas. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Boquete Bees, get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Boquete trip planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Boquete is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Boquete due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Zapatillas
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:
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Isla Zapatillas ©
Isla Zapatillas
Spas
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uvita Beach and Uvita Waterfall. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get interesting insight from Tours, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Boquete to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Uvita is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Off-Road Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monteverde Orchid Garden and Spas. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

4
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stop by Papaya Con Leche, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Kayaking & Canoeing, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Souvenirs La gran Nicoya). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Spas

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coffee & Tea Tours and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Coffee & Tea Tours

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero route planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Spas

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Plaza Bolivar. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and head outdoors with Ancon Hill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City trip maker website.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City. In November, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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