60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
4
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
6
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
9
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
10
Boquete, Panama
— 5 nights
11
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights

6
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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Toucan Rescue Ranch. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose attractions website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Jose. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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 24th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to La Virgen to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, stroll around Bogarin Trail, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Shark Diving will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playas del coco. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, and browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, Playas del coco, Playa Hermosa
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Shark Diving

6
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Conchal. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Garra de Leon Golf Course in Playa Conchal, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store, and tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Get outdoors at Playa Guiones and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita), Nosara (Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara & Nosara Refuge for Wildlife) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip builder website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Barra Honda National Park
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

6
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 Manuel Antonio National Park will get you outdoors. Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

4
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay sightseeing app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) and Volcan Baru National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boquete: Vivero Santamaria (in Dolega), Volcan (Sitio Barriles Museum & Raquel's Ark) and Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca). There's lots more to do: hike along Eco Horqueta, experience rural life at Boquete Bees, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boquete trip maker.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Boquete takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Drake Bay to Boquete is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Volcan, Vivero Santamaria, Los Cangilones de Gualaca
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca

7
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 Ancon Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, cast your line with a fishing tour, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Panama City sightseeing planner.

Fly from Boquete to Panama City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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