Nature-lovers rejoice, here is a trip that delivers pure beach beauty, idyllic islands, curious creatures and small towns packed with charm. With equal opportunity for relaxation and adventure, enjoy the freedom to discover the gems of this region at your own pace. Meet friendly locals along the way and be forever touched by the genuine hospitality on offer. Costa Rica and Panama are the very essence of Central American coastal beauty, and this trip takes in the best of the region.
Day 1 San Jose
Get to know the spirit of modern San Jose by visiting vibrant markets and walking the busy urban streets of this character-filled city. Use free time to shop, eat, visit museums and chat with locals.
Days 2-4 Puerto Viejo de Limon
Catch a local bus to exotic Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Join an optional visit to Cahuita National Park to view weird and wonderful wildlife. Sloths, kingfishers, snakes and howler monkeys all coexist in this protected area.
Days 5-7 Bocas del Toro
Cross the border into Panama. Enjoy the slow pace of laidback Bocas del Toro - a haven that has resisted over-development to retain its small-town charm. This tropical jungle region is gifted with coral islands and beautiful beaches, so use free time to snorkel or swim clear, blue waters. Divers will appreciate the amazing underwater beauty on offer and surfers can take advantage of the awesome waves.
Days 8-9 Boquete
Journey to picturesque Boquete to soak up the fresh air and pristine beauty of this peaceful mountain town. Why not visit a local coffee plantation for an insight into coffee production?
Days 10-11 Santa Catalina
Travel to the remote fishing village of Santa Catalina. This unspoilt paradise is known for its world-class surfing, scuba diving and fishing - all great ways to make the most of this idyllic area.
Days 12-13 Panama City
Ride on to Panama City on a local bus. Enjoy free time exploring this fascinating city, or join an optional excursion to view one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, the iconic Panama Canal, which opened in 1914.