15 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
4
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights

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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 7th (Sun), hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), thentour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thenexplore the galleries of Art House, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde driving holiday website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nahomi, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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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.
On the 13th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, thenstroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Nature Observatorio and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip app.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panama La Vieja and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San José. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, make a trip to Panama Canal, browse the different shops at Multiplaza Pacific, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City travel route site.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 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 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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