22 days in Panama Itinerary

22 days in Panama Itinerary

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Panama City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 4 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Taxi to Boquete
3
Boquete
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Santa Catalina
— 2 nights
Drive
5
El Valle de Anton
— 3 nights
Drive
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Panama City
— 4 nights
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Panama City — 4 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de la Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Shop till you drop at Multicentro Mall and Weil Art Gallery. Step out of Panama City to go to Portobelo and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City road trip site.

Willemstad, Curacao to Panama City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Willemstad to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bocas Town.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon — 4 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Wizard Beach and Starfish Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. Step out of Bocas Town to go to Bluff Beach and see Playa Bluff, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and stop by Up In The Hill.

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Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Panama City in July: highs in Bocas Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 28th (Sun), you're off to Boquete.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Boquete — 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Volcan Baru National Park and Boquete Buggies. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Los Cangilones de Gualaca. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos and look for gifts at The Zapadora.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Boquete online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bocas Town to Boquete by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Catalina.
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Santa Catalina — 2 nights

Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Rancho Estero and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagartero Beach.

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You can drive from Boquete to Santa Catalina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to El Valle de Anton.
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El Valle de Anton — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Haven and Gaital National Park. Visiting El Palmar Beach and Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina will get you outdoors. Explore El Valle de Anton's surroundings by going to Leading Adventures (in Rio Hato) and Farallon Butterflies (in Farallon). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center) and take an in-depth tour of The Anton Valley Historical and Cultural Museum.

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Traveling by car from Santa Catalina to El Valle de Anton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City.
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Panama City — 4 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Bahai Temple and Fishing Charters & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Arco Chato and Karavan Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Gamboa to see Panama Rainforest Discovery Center about 1 hour away. Enjoy Panama City some more: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, view the masterpieces at Nina Concept Store, and wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from El Valle de Anton to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Panama travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.