29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica, Panama & San Andres Island Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
2
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
6
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
7
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
9
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, hike along Senderos Los Tucanes, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Santiago, Chile to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Rajada and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and contemplate the long history of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Liberia holiday maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Rajada
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Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
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 Playa Danta and Playa Flamingo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Kingpin Sportfishing. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero), Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Penca Beach, Playa Flamingo, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): trot along with Tokpela, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Tokpela, Kayaking & Canoeing, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Barraba's Surf, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Playas Gemelas ©
Playas Gemelas
Barraba's Surf ©
Barraba's Surf

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then kick back and relax at Playa Matapalo, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and finally admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Caldera Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Los Cangilones de Gualaca and Los Ladrillos. Venture out of the city with trips to Arte Cruz (in Volcan) and Playa La Barqueta (in David). There's lots more to do: hike along Eco Horqueta, have fun at Boquete Buggies, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Casa Decor Boquete.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete attractions planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uvita to Boquete due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Arte Cruz, Playa La Barqueta, Los Cangilones de Gualaca, Caldera Hot Springs
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Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca
River Rafting & Tubing
Caldera Hot Springs ©
Caldera Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and then stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Choco, and then kick back and relax at Manzanillo Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boquete to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo Beach, Yesland Mini Golf, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Choco ©
Choco

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Bahia Suroeste and Cocoplum Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Andres Island: Morgan's Head (in Providencia Island) and El Totumo Volcon (in Santa Catalina Island). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. In September in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Providencia Island, El Totumo Volcon
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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