9 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— Few hours
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Sixaola, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manzanillo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night

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Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Boca del Drago and then don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town trip planner.

Newark, USA to Bocas Town is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for much warmer nights in Bocas Town, with lows around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Playa Bluff
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then stop by Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Bocas Town to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to San Jose. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Jose when traveling from Bocas Town in September, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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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 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in September, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sixaola.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Museums
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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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night
Sixaola, Costa Rica

Sixaola ©
Sixaola is a small town in Talamanca of Limón Province, Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the views from Sixaola Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Sixaola trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to Sixaola in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Manzanillo.
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Sixaola Bridge ©
Sixaola Bridge

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Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Manzanillo ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

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Drive from Sixaola to Manzanillo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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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 22nd (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online itinerary maker.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Manzanillo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

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Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita travel route builder website.

Cahuita is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Nature · Parks
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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