41 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

41 days in Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
4
Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
6
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
8
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
9
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
11
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
13
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
14
Managua, Nicaragua
— Few hours

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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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City day trip planning site.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands visit planning app.

You can take a subway from Panama City to San Blas Islands in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City
For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City tour itinerary maker website.

Take a subway from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Bocas Town on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Starfish Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore and learn at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in January, with highs in Bocas Town at 13°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
On the 15th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yesland Mini Golf, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

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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.
You'll explore and learn at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. Step off the beaten path and head to Oro Verde Biological Reserve and Santa Lucia Falls. Take a break from Uvita with a short trip to Parque National Los Quetzales in San Gerardo de Dota, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, El Sitio Museo Finca 6, Parque National Los Quetzales
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
El Sitio Museo Finca 6 ©
El Sitio Museo Finca 6
Parque National Los Quetzales ©
Parque National Los Quetzales

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Bejuco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Jaco) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday builder app.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Playa Bejuco, Kayaking & Canoeing, Palo Seco Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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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 27th (Mon): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and finally browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Get outdoors at Playa Guiones and Jungle Butterfly Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya), MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara) and Wild By Nature Adventures (in Playa San Miguel). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Manzanillo, Wild By Nature Adventures, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Garza
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

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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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Playa Mina. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Penca Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta). 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, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Playa Conchal, Kayaking & Canoeing, Penca Beach
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Mina ©
Playa Mina

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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 Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Miravalles Volcano. Change things up with these side-trips from Liberia: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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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.
You'll explore and learn at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Safaris
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Entomologico de Leon.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Leon driving holiday planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Managua.

Things to do in Leon

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Museo Entomologico de Leon ©
Museo Entomologico de Leon

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Managua, Nicaragua

Managua
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Managua using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Managua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Managua

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:

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