11 days in Panama Itinerary

11 days in Panama Itinerary

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11 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  10​h
1
Panama City
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Colon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Portobelo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

4
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, buy something for everyone on your list at Albrook Mall, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Panama City trip planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Panama City is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, Panama City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Playa Bluff, then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Plastic Bottle Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, and then stroll through Boca del Drago.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bocas Town day trip planner .

Fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in September, Bocas Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

2
nights
Colon

Colon ©
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo, then make a trip to Gatun Locks, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Agua Clara Locks and then gain insight at The Galeta Marine Laboratory.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Colon trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Colon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

2
nights
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Black Christ, then learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portobelo trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Colon to Portobelo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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