9 days in Panama Itinerary

9 days in Panama Itinerary

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9 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  20​h
1
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
2
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Panama City
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Contadora Island
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Cedar Rapids

1
night
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 9th (Sun): have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stroll around Simon Bolivar Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip itinerary planner .

Cedar Rapids, USA to Bocas Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bocas Town when traveling from Cedar Rapids in June, with lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Polo Beach and then kick back and relax at Red Frog Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Isla Bastimentos road trip tool .

Isla Bastimentos is very close to Bocas Town. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

3
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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla San Jose, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Panama City itinerary builder site .

Getting from Isla Bastimentos to Panama City by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Isla Bastimentos in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, then kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Contadora Island trip planner .

Getting from Panama City to Contadora Island by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

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