Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Grab your swimsuit and get ready to dive into some of the most beautiful places in Central America! Our ultimate guide to traveling in Costa Rica and Panama will give you the tips and tricks you need to make your vacation simply unforgettable.
Say Hello to San Jose
There’s no better place to start your journey than San Jose, Costa Rica. Getting from SJO (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to your hotel, you’ll quickly find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city! Whether you choose to explore your surroundings or recuperate in your bed, San Jose has incredible restaurants, nightlife and museums to enjoy. You can choose to spend a few days or just an evening in this vibrant city – it’s up to you.
Adventure in Costa Rica
After a little time in San Jose, it’s time to tackle Manuel Antonio. The journey will take you alongside the Tarcoles River, the sea and the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Once you’ve arrived, Manuel Antonio National Park should be the first stop on your list. It will allow you to instantly connect with Mother Nature! Keep your eyes peeled for sloths in the canopy – theycan be a little tricky to spot. Later, take to the water with the Damas Mangrove Boat Tour and you’ll immediately forget your worries.
When you’ve had your fill of Manuel Antonio, it’s time to hop on the boat from the Sierpe Wetland to Drake Bay! In Drake Bay, you’ll find Corcovado National Park and the Caño Island Biological Reserve. With biodiversity unlike anywhere else in the world (the park has been referred to as “the most biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic!) your days will be nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to witness the migration of the whale sharks and humpback whales.
Take Me to Panama
It’s time to cross the border into Panama – and it’s usually a breeze. Once you’re there, Boquete is the best place to rest your weary head. If you’re looking for comfort and affordability, we recommend that you stay at The Inn at Palo Alto. Once you’ve had a shower and you’re ready to explore, it’s just a short trip into the city of Boquete! Don’t miss the Panoramico Caldera Tour if you truly want to see what the area has to offer.
Next stop, Bocas del Toro. Anyone that has visited Bocas will tell you it is one of the most unique and vibrant places on earth. Whether you’re jumping on a water taxi to travel to another island or you’re dining in one of the most exquisite restaurants in Panama, there’s no shortage of adventure here. There are countless tours – all of which will leave you with a lasting appreciation for Bocas.
Say “I Do” to Puerto Viejo
Okay, we’ll admit it: Puerto Viejo has a special place in our heart. This quaint little town is filled with people from all over the world, and every single one will welcome you with open arms. Head to Lazy Mon for a night on the town and then wake up in the morning to have breakfast at Bread and Chocolate. Oh – and don’t forget to check out BriBri, the indigenous community of Costa Rica and the nearby waterfalls!
This trip is as incredible as it sounds, and we make traveling in Costa Rica and Panama insanely easy! Just sign up for our 14-Day Trip through Costa Rica and Panama to embark on a journey you’ll never forget.