8 days in Panama Itinerary

8 days in Panama Itinerary

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8 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Contadora Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
2
Panama City
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Portobelo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

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.
On the 27th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Larga, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Contadora Island tour itinerary builder website .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Contadora Island is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Contadora Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

4
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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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 1st (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town trip planner .

You can fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Panama City in December: highs in Bocas Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Portobelo.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

1
night
Portobelo

Portobelo ©
The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Portobelo day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Portobelo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

Museums
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Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©

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