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Bocas Del Toro + Costa Rica Short Vacation

InformationOur ProgramHotels

1 San José Don Carlos Standard


Private transfer San José International Airport – Hotel


2 Bocas del Toro Bahía or Playa Tortuga Standard Breakfast Boat & Bus transfer to Bocas del Toro hotel  
3 Bocas del Toro Bahía or Playa Tortuga Standard Breakfast & Lunch   Dolphin tour 
4 Bocas del Toro Bahía or Playa Tortuga Standard Breakfast    
5 San José Don Carlos Standard Breakfast Boat & Bus transfer to San Jose hotel  
6       Breakfast Private transfer Hotel – San José International Airport   

Included services:

  • Lodging, meals and tours as described above
  • Lodging and meals taxes.
  • Transport as described above in transfers in A/C minivan.
  • Welcome package including detailed itinerary for your trip, vouchers for the reserved services, welcome letter, Costa Rica Map, Information and tips for your visit.
  • Meet and Greet ant your arrival in order to explain you personally your trip itinerary and answer any questions or doubts you might have. (This visit will depend of your arrival schedule)
  • All your services will be confirmed three times before your arrival in order to guarantee you won’t have any problems during your trip.
  • 24/7 Support service

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Airport Taxes (US$29 per person)
  • Panama ($3 per person each way) and Costa Rica exit taxes ($7 per person)
  • Transportation, Meals, Optional Tours and entrance fees not specified above.
  • Alcoholic Beverages,
  • Personal Expenses
  • Extras in Hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service
  • Gratuities
  • For car rentals, insurance is not included unless described above
  • Luggage weight permitted in local flights is 25 pounds per person. Excess luggage will incur extra fees

Important Notes:

  • Price may vary depending of availability. if we cannot confirm the original hotels, rooms and/ or services, customers will be notified prior to any price change
  • Prices are subject to change without previous notice
  • All children rates vary according to age and will be priced by your travel agent.
  • Room and /or Car Rental Upgrades are available inquire with your travel advisor for pricing.
  • For packages traveling during Christmas and New Year’s there may be an extra cost for mandatory dinners and parties, please check with your travel advisor

Day 1, Welcome

Arrival at the San José International Airport.

Private transfer to the hotel

We will meet you after your international flight at the SJO Airport at the arrivals area and drops you off at your hotel. When you leave the arrivals building after you clear immigration and pick up your luggage, look for a representative holding a sign with your name on it and follow his lead.

Pick up:  pm - San José International Airport.

Drop off: pm approx. – Don Carlos hotel

Lodging: Don Carlos hotel – San José. Meals Included: None

Standard room

It’s the classic spacious room, elegantly furnished and decorated, with one or two beds, cable TV, telephone, private bathroom with hot water, safe deposit box, hair dryer, executive desk.

Day 2, San José - Bocas del Toro

Breakfast at the hotel.


Pick up: am – Don Carlos hotel

Drop off: pm – Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel)

The depart from San Jose is around 7:00 am depending on the hotel you are staying.

It arrives to Bocas around 3:30 pm, you will be dropped off in “Muelle Taxi 25” at Isla Colon (Calle Primera (first street) next to the Paradise Hotel), or in “Muelle Bocas Marine Tours” (Third street); the docks in Bocas. The dock will be confirmed when we send the trip confirmation.

Then, you will have the transfer to your hotel.

The depart from Bocas del Toro hotel back to the dock is at 11:30 am, then you will depart at 11:45am from “Muelle Taxi 25 or Bocas Marine Tours” and you will be arriving at San José around 6:15 pm.


Bocas Del Toro province is located in the northwest part of the Panama’s isthmus and west of Costa Rica’s border. It is bordered to the south by the Chiriqui province and to the east by the Ngöbe Buglé Indian Reservation.

Travelers come from all over the world to explore the ecological paradise of Bocas del Toro, famous for its pristine coral reefs, uninhabited islands and exotic wildlife.

Bocas del Toro has tropical weather. We recommend you bring light clothing, a bathing suit, sunscreen and sandals or sneakers. 

  • Ground Transportation / Maritime San José - Bocas del Toro - San Jose, in shuttle transfer.
  • Transfers dock - Hotel - dock.
  • 3 nights at hotel of your choice.
  • Day Tour with lunch. Restrictions apply for selection of tours, according to hotel location. Additional charges apply for departures or returns in hotels or points out of the operation route.
  • Panama authorities ask for a copy of you passport (valid for at least 6 months) that you’ll need to present at the border and pay US$3 each way. Now Costa Rica authorities ask for a $7 payment to every tourist going to Bocas del Toro, leaving from Costa Rica. This should be paid in advance, before your shuttle to Bocas del Toro at any “Bancrédito” Bank. This means, if you don’t pay the Costa Rican exit taxes, you cannot take the shuttle. Or you can pay the taxes at the boarder. However, we recommend paying the Costa Rica taxes at the bank in advance, in order to avoid extra charges at the boarder.
  • Please ask for the additional charges if: your pick up or drop off hotel is not at San José or Puerto Viejo Downtown, if you take surf boards and extra luggage with you.
  • Panama authorities ask for a copy of you passport (valid for at least 6 months) that you’ll need to present at the border and pay US$3 each way.
  • Tourists must submit a copy of travel tickets for the return to their country of origin.

Lodging: Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel) – Bocas del Toro. Meals Included: None.

Standard room at Playa Tortuga hotel

The Standard Deluxe Room is a cozy Playa Tortuga guestroom featuring:

  • Two queen beds
  • A mini bar
  • Television with cable programming
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • An amazing seaside balcony and view

Rooms may be connected for families or groups traveling together.

Standard room at Bahía hotel

We offer the 18 most spacious and comfortable rooms in the Bocas del Toro island, all of them with air conditioning, cable TV and private bathrooms with hot water. Its relaxing and friendly atmosphere makes you feel at home even in Bocas del Toro.

Day 3, Bocas del Toro

Lodging: Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel) – Bocas del Toro. Meals Included: Breakfast.


Pick up: am – Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel)

Drop off: pm – Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel)

We will pick you up at 9:30 am approx., the first stop will be on Dolphin Bay, on this journey of 30 minutes you can admire the beautiful Caribbean Island architecture and you’ll be surprised with the transparent and multicolor water. Our guide will be teaching about the Islander culture and the history of each place you see. You will arrive at the Dolphin Bay, located in the Boca Torito area, where you can see the playful and always friendly bottlenose dolphins. There is a large colony of these animals that are concentrated in the area, given the large number of jellyfish that live there and serve them as food.

After enjoying the dolphin show, you will go to Cayo Coral, in the course of 20 minutes, we can observe and learn about the different types of mangroves, which adorn the sea. After  arriving at Cayo Coral the guide will take you to an area where tourists can snorkel and enjoy a spectacular seaside garden, this area is considered one of the best in all of Latin America to practice this snorkeling. This will take 45 minutes approx.

Later, you will go to a local restaurant for lunch. You will finish your day at Rana Roja Beach and you will enjoy the most spectacular beach in the area. After arriving at this private beach, you will have a tour that will take you to the white sands and you will be here around 2 hours to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

At 4:30 pm approx., we will return to Isla Colon.

  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Entrance to Rana Roja beach
  • Bottle of wáter
  • Captain

Recommendations: Comfortable shoes, swimsuit, sunscreen. Insect repellent, sunglasses, hat and camera.

Day 4, Bocas del Toro

Lodging: Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel) – Bocas del Toro. Meals Included: Breakfast.


Please feel free to ask about adventure activities at Bocas del Toro.

According to area accommodations you can choose the  "Island Tour Birds" (also known as "Marine Tour to Bocas del Drago").  This will have an extra charge, not included on the trip rate.

Day 5, Bocas del Toro - San José

Breakfast at the hotel.


Pick up: am – Hotel of your choice (Bahía hotel OR Playa Tortuga hotel)

Drop off: pm – Don Carlos hotel

Lodging: Don Carlos hotel – San José. Meals Included: None

Day 6, Departure

During the day you will have a private transfer to the San José International Airport to take your International flight back home.

Meal included: Breakfast.

It is required to be at the Airport three hours before your flight, remember to have your departure taxes handy, $29 per person.

It has been a real pleasure for me to assist you, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Have a safe journey back home!

Don Carlos Hotel

Located in the oldest historical section of San José, the ‘Four Star’ Hotel Don Carlos is a small, but significant part of Costa Rica’s rich heritage. Once upon a time residence for two past Presidential families, the historical Hotel Don Carlos’ warmth and charm, graciously awaits you. Enjoy Costa Rica’s finest art works as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and maze of quiet, garden & fountain settings, restaurant and mini pool. Wander into Annemarie’s Boutique and get lost within this unique world of local artistic creations in Costa Rica’s # 1 gift shop.

We take much pride in our helpful, friendly and courteous English speaking service, the distinct individual character found in each of our thirty-three, comfortably appointed rooms, our ‘user friendly’ on-line Don Carlos Tour Service and our 24 hour security guard service. Near the heart of San Jose, Hotel Don Carlos is a fun, quiet and secure place to stay while getting to know Costa Rica. As the most recommended small hotel in the country, come see why our growing numbers of ‘return’ guests and friends all comment, “Hotel Don Carlos is beyond a doubt, the best hotel in all of San José!”

Within walking distance of the hotel lobby, you’ll discover San José’s Downtown, the Zoo, the pre-Columbian Jade, National and Gold Museums, Craft Markets & more.

This makes Hotel Don Carlos the perfect location to get the most out of your Costa Rican vacation.

A variety of interesting, beautiful city parks make the area green, while a wide selection of top class restaurants, casinos and nightlife convey the spirit of San José, the hub of Costa Rica.

La Costa De Papito Hotel

La Costa de Papito is located 4 hours driving time from San Jose at Playa Cocles one and a half kilometers (1 mile) southeast of Puerto Viejo town. We are 5 minutes by car outside of town on the beach road, 10 minutes by bicycle and 25 minutes walking.

Playa Cocles is host to the Puerto Viejo open surf tournament in January and July when the waves are delicious. In May, September and October the ocean flattens out into a smooth transparent blue, ideal for snorkeling, fishing and carefree floating.

Interestingly, while it rains everywhere else in Costa Rica during September and October, on the south Caribbean coast we have only sunny weather! Apparently the hurricanes passing deep in the Caribbean suck out the moisture here on the coast and circle it back as rain in the Central Valley and the Pacific coast.

La Costa de Papito: A lush tropical "Garden of Eden" on the edge of the jungle.


  • Complete information on diverse local experiences and reservations arranged for your activities.
  • Free wireless internet, internet café, telephone and fax
  • Bicycle rental for your own coastal tour.
  • Surfboard, boogie board, kayak and snorkel rental.
  • Satelitte TV and pool table at the Sloth Society Bar.
  • Laundry services.
  • 24 hour reception desk at your service.
  • Hair stylist traditional Afro Caribbean hair braiding.
  • Friend of Bill W.

Playa Tortuga Hotel

Tropical Caribbean Beach Resort on the crystal clear waters of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Welcome to Playa Tortuga, a fresh new Panama beach resort and hotel featuring a relaxing ambience, tropical golden sand beaches, and friendly welcoming service.

Located on a Caribbean Island, Playa Tortuga offers a private beachfront pier for convenient and enjoyable activities and tours to the nearby island paradise of Bocas del Toro, where tropical beauty and nature abound. Playa Tortuga features an inviting hotel location surrounded by natural beauty, coral reefs and calm waters ideal for snorkeling.

Dolphin and turtle watching tours, snorkeling, fishing, and other tours are available to Playa Tortuga guests starting from our private pier.

Playa Tortuga offers 117 stylish room accommodations, each with a balcony and spectacular ocean view. Guests may choose from standard rooms, junior suites and large grand suites, all offering a contemporary décor, modern amenities and a soothing tropical atmosphere.

Playa Tortuga Hotel guests may choose from two exciting restaurants providing diverse culinary menus. Savor the flavor of bocatorian and international dishes in our Naguas Restaurant and in the Restaurant Bar Baula located at the end of our private over the ocean pier.

Relax in the hotel’s sea view pool, or sunbathe in our water mirrors while enjoying your favorite beverage from the nearby bar area. Little ones will enjoy the children’s pool. Other modern and convenient amenities include free WIFI and a state of the art Fitness Center featuring a private massage area.

An excellent choice for a small business meeting, wedding or other special event in Bocas del Toro, Playa Tortuga offers two meeting and banquet rooms, each accommodating up to 75 guests.

Bahía Hotel

This hotel is located at the Southern tip of Third Street, in a majestic antique wooden building, that had already celebrated its hundredth anniversary and is still standing firm despite the ravages of time and the destructive earthquakes of 1917 and 1991. Built in 1905, it is considered one of the oldest buildings in the area.

This building, which had housed the main offices in Bocas del Toro of the United Fruit Company, three consulates and the Tropical Radio & Telegraph Company is, since 1968, home to the Bahía Hotel, which has been object of a complete makeover including remodeling of all it’s rooms, without loosing the enchantment of the old Bocas del Toro days.

In the lobby you can observe a very old and huge safe, which was installed in 1905, while the construction of the building was still going. This safe, that survived the fire of 1904, was used to keep away the money to pay the suppliers and small banana farmers in the area.

Gran Hotel Bahia has the most spacious and comfortable rooms, all of them with A/C, Cable TV and private bathroom with hot shower. Its friendly and relaxing environment let our Distinguished Guests feel at home.

That’s why we invite you to relax in the upper floor grand balcony, where the buffet style breakfast is also served, and enjoy the magnificent view of the bay and Main street, introducing yourselves in the particular local history and the incomparable beauty of an ecological bio diverse and legendary area.

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