12 nights/13 days itinerary in Costa Rica
A Serene Journey through Panama and Costa Rica
for 2 adults
A perfect combination of cities, rainforests and beaches, this 13-day exploration of two of Central America’s favourite countries will be more than just a holiday. Surreal landscapes, friendly locals and incredible wildlife are just a few of the reasons why Panama and Costa Rica make the perfect destinations for an enthralling and tranquil escape. Spend your days dipping toes into the cool crystal waters of Isla Palenque or hiking through the volcanic terrain in Arenal. Begin by exploring the best of Panama, including its colonial history and peaceful beaches, before heading to Costa Rica to explore the rich, renowned flora and fauna it has to offer. Excite your taste buds along the way, with traditional cuisine and even your own hand made coffee. Become one with nature on this serene journey through two beautiful and diverse countries.
- Sightsee around the charming Spanish colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage site, Casco Viejo
- Enjoy a private tour around a family-run coffee farm and become a connoisseur of your favourite brew
- Explore the private island of Isla Palenque and be sure to find an amazing array of flora and fauna in the pristine rainforest
- Be amazed by the strikingly symmetrical Arenal Volcano
- Hike through the Arenal National Park, taking in views of the Tilarán mountain range and the Arenal Lake
- Take a tour of the Manual Antonio National Park, spotting all sorts of exotic animals, from sloths to snakes
- Try Central America’s cuisines: Dine on fresh seafood, plantain, exotic fruits and handmade tortillas
- Take your snorkel mask to see life under the sea
- Hike one of the many trails across the Costa Rican countryside
- Soak up the sun on pristine beaches
American Trade Hotel
Super Cuarto Room | B&B Basis | 2 nights
Housed in a renovated historic building in Casco Viejo, the American Trade Hotel is an upscale establishment, which celebrates its long and interesting history. Replicas of old gang graffiti adorns one of the walls, giving a unique twist to the other wise elegant décor. Enjoy an evening tipple in the well-known jazz club, home to the city’s annual jazz festival, and be transported to the glamorous 1920s.
Panamonte Inn, Boquete
Terraza Suite | B&B Basis | 2 nights
Taking style cues from charming European hotels, the Panamonte Inn is elegant yet unpretentious. Just a short stroll away from Boquete, the inn boasts views of Volcan Barú and surroundings of blooming gardens. The family grown rich coffee served at breakfast is best served on your private terrace during a lazy morning. When it comes to meals later in the day, Condé Naste Traveller named the Inn’s restaurant one of best in Central America.
Isla Palenque, Boca Chica
Beachfront Casita | FB Basis | 3 nights
Hidden deep within dense jungle and stunning mangroves, Isla Palenque allows guests to experience Panama’s incredible nature in a luxurious setting. The natural décor incites local wildlife, like monkeys and exotic birds, to stop by. For a true Robinson Crusoe experience, spend your days getting lost on one of the 12 beaches that surround the hotel. Your taste buds will never tire with a dinner menu that changes daily, however island favourites like plantain and chimichurri always have a space on the table.
Arenal Nayara, Arenal
Rainforest Villa | B&B Basis | 2 nights
Surrounded by countless shades of green and views of the Arenal Volcano, this romantic, peaceful hotel is the place to be for relaxation. Featuring an exotic outside shower on your private terrace and a spa with open-air treatment rooms, it is no wonder Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have both named it the No.1 resort in Central and South America. With four different dining choices, ranging from tapas to sushi, you’ll never tire of what’s on the menu come dinnertime.
Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio
Ocean Breeze Superior Room | B&B Basis | 3 nights
Eleven acres of private rainforest will be your home during your peaceful stay at Arenas del Mar. High upon a cliff top, this is an eco-retreat packed with luxury. The rainforest resort will make you fall in love with nature, as you pass the iguanas on your way to the pool and listen to the melodic bird song and sounds of lapping waves from the ocean. Arenas del Mar features private Jacuzzis, a luxurious spa and an open-air restaurant.
*Price shown does not include flights