55 days in Costa Rica, San Blas Islands & Panama City Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica, San Blas Islands & Panama City Itinerary

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55 days in Costa Rica, San Blas Islands & Panama City Itinerary

Start: Munich, Germany
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Dominical, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
9
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
10
Boruca, Costa Rica
— 9 nights
Drive:  12​h
11
Panama City, Panama
— 12 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
12
Bribri, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Munich, Germany

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally walk around Parque La Sabana.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder app .

Munich, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Munich in October; daily highs in San Jose reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Adventure Tours
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, have fun at Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde visit planner.

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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.
On the 24th (Thu), get outside with Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To plan La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Galeria Aguas Verdes ©
Galeria Aguas Verdes

3
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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

3
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.
Jaguar Rescue Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Wed), get in touch with nature with Jaguar Rescue Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 25th (Fri), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take an in-depth tour of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Church of La Ermita La Agonia, Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then identify plant and animal life at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Poas Volcano National Park with the Route module. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©

4
nights
Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uvita (Spas & Wellness & Magic Ananda). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dominical tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Dominical by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Uvita
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
San Blas Islands is known for nature, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Isla Perro.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Blas Islands trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dominical to San Blas Islands. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You'll set off for Boruca on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro
Isla Chichime ©
Isla Chichime

9
nights
Boruca, Costa Rica

Boruca ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Amistad International Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boruca: Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (in Puerto Jimenez) and Osa Ron's (in Palmar Norte).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Boruca trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Blas Islands to Boruca. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. You will leave for Panama City on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Boruca

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, La Amistad International Park, Osa Ron's
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La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

12
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Panamá-Canal Railroad) and Portobelo (Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo, snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas, and contemplate the long history of Capilla San Jose.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Boruca to Panama City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Boruca to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Panama City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Portobelo, Colon
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks

1
night
Bribri, Costa Rica

Bribri ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Amistad National Park. On the 30th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at La Amistad National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribri tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Panama City to Bribri in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bribri

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

La Amistad International Park
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La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park

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