11 days in Costa Rica & Panama City Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Fly to Changuinola, Drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

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Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Veracruz, then take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, Panamá Pacífico International Airport and Tocumen International Airport. June in Panama City sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Playita. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, then explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Monteverde Nature Guided Tours. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight with El Trapiche Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): trek along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, then take in the natural beauty of Titoku Hot Springs, and finally get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 3 nights

On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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