22 days in Panama Itinerary

22 days in Panama Itinerary

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22 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Contadora Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Panama City
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
3
El Valle de Anton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pedasi
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
5
Isla de Coiba
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Boquete
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
8
San Blas Islands
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Willemstad, Curacao

1
night
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Contadora Island trip itinerary planner .

Willemstad, Curacao to Contadora Island is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Willemstad to Contadora Island is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa Cacique ©
Playa Cacique
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

5
nights
Panama City

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Iglesia del Carmen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Portobelo) and Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Soberania, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City road trip app .

Ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Fort San Lorenzo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Room Escape Games

2
nights
El Valle de Anton

El Valle de Anton
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at The Sleeping Indian Girl, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Haven, and then contemplate the long history of La Piedra Pintada. On the next day, admire the sheer force of El Chorro Macho, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center), and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Clara.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our El Valle de Anton trip site .

Getting from Panama City to El Valle de Anton by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pedasi.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Santa Clara
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
The Sleeping Indian Girl ©
The Sleeping Indian Girl
Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara

2
nights
Pedasi

Pedasi
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Librada, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Venao Beach, and then look for gifts at Artemania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Iguana.

Before you visit Pedasi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from El Valle de Anton to Pedasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Isla de Coiba.

Things to do in Pedasi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Iguana, Iglesia Santa Librada
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Isla Iguana
Isla Iguana
Playa Venao Beach ©
Playa Venao Beach
Iglesia Santa Librada ©
Iglesia Santa Librada

1
night
Isla de Coiba

Isla de Coiba ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Coiba trip planning website .

Take a bus from Pedasi to Isla de Coiba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Boquete.

Things to do in Isla de Coiba

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba ©
Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba

4
nights
Boquete

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Volcan Baru National Park and Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos, view the masterpieces at Barbara Rabkin Art Studio, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boquete itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Coiba to Boquete in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Pipeline Trail ©
Pipeline Trail

3
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bastimentos National Park and Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, explore the world behind art at Plastic Bottle Village, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Bocas Town driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Boquete to Bocas Town takes 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Playa Bluff
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Bastimentos National Park ©
Bastimentos National Park
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

3
nights
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isla Perro and Isla Chichime.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands day trip planning website .

Getting from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in August, expect nights in San Blas Islands to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

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