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This luxurious Panamá - Costa Rica itinerary promises a sensory feast across two vibrant countries. As part of your Panama yacht charter, expect a heady mix of tropical jungles and wildlife-rich national parks, not to mention glorious palm-fringed beaches that span across Panama to Costa Rica.

Explore beautiful beaches, dense rainforests and meet indigenous wildlife on this fabulous Panama Costa Rica itinerary. Cruising to lush islands, there is the opportunity to be as active or relaxed as you wish. Make the most of the warm, calm seas and enjoy the onboard watertoys inventory to the max. Experience Central America like never before as you seamlessly journey between two countries by sea, uncovering the secrets of each destination, living the adventure every step of the way.


  • Beautiful beaches
  • History and culture
  • Stunning views
  • Wildlife


Day One panama city

Architecture in Panama

Embark in Flamenco Marina, Panama City and settle on board. Enjoy a visit to the Gatun Lake and explore Fort San Lorenzo. Another interesting site here is the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre. Returning to Panama City, it is fascinating watching the ships navigating the locks and the Canal Museum nearby is an interesting drop-in. Venture to the heart of Panama City, experiencing the buzz of its lively markets and the rich culture that permeates every street corner. Perhaps take an evening walking tour through the lovely Casco Viejo (old Panama City) and spend the first night in port.

Day Two panama city to pearl islands

upside down sloth in a tree

Leave early morning and cruise to the Pearl Islands. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the clear, warm waters. Later sail to Punta Patino, the largest nature reserve in Central America. This is where you may spot Panama's national bird, the Harpy Eagle. Owned by ANCON, a private conservation group, the wildlife here is astounding. Experience the tranquillity of this protected area as the sun sets, the sounds of nature providing a harmonious soundtrack to the end of your day.

Day Three mogue embera reserve

River surrounded by jungle

The yacht can arrange an excursion to the Mogue Embera Reserve, where you will paddle upstream in dugout canoes to reach Mogue village, passing through the mesmerising mangroves ecosystem. One of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama, the Embera Indians, call this home. Very friendly and welcoming, they are known for their time-honoured traditions and beautiful handicrafts. Capture unique memories as you immerse yourself in the rich Embera culture, learning about their way of life, history, and their deep connection to nature.

Day Four restingue island

palm tree on a white sand beach

Cruise to Caleta Caiman, Restingue Island for a morning of fabulous snorkelling and swimming in total paradise. For lunch head to the nearby tropical beauty of Cebaco Island for a beach BBQ. Take time to enjoy the lovely sandy beach and warm seas. Treat yourself to an afternoon nap under the shade of towering palm trees, or get your heart racing with some exciting watersports. Sail to Golfo Dulce for overnight anchorage.

Day Five casa orquideas

bromeliad plant

Sail through Golfito (clear immigration) and continue to nearby Casa Orquideas Private Reserve. This beautiful flower sanctuary is wonderful to wander around and view the extensive grounds. Inhale the fragrant air, filled with the scent of exotic flowers, and marvel at the vibrant bursts of colour that dot the landscape. Head across the bay to Puerto Jiminez for an evening of relaxation.

Day Six puerto jimenez

keel billed toucan in a tree

Take a leisurely early morning cruise to Puerto Jimenez and anchor off the Oso Peninsula. This park is one of the biological corridors that leads to the amazing Corcovado National Park. Walk through the forests and enjoy up-close interaction with native wildlife. Relax on board and use the watersports equipment for some leisure time later in the day. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you embark on a thrilling zip-line adventure through the verdant rainforest canopy, observing the diverse ecosystem from a bird's-eye view. Spend overnight at anchor near Quepos.

Day Seven quepos

overlooking the ocean from the top of the trees in the jungle

Head ashore in Quepos where you can visit the ruggedly beautiful Manuel Antonio Reserve. Renowned for vast biodiversity of flora and fauna, there are meandering hiking trails from coast to mountain and some fabulous white sand beaches that are a huge draw. Spot lazy sloths hanging in the trees and listen to the chatter of monkeys as you embark on a guided jungle tour. Should you feel adventurous, take the forest canopy or Savegre River excursion for a thrilling activity.

Day Eight playa bisanz to puerto caldera

kayaks on the shore

Enjoy a relaxed last morning at Playa Bisanz for some swimming, snorkelling and watersports fun. Sail to Puerto Caldera for disembarking. As you sail towards the horizon, reflect on the incredible journey you've embarked on during your unforgettable Panama to Costa Rica luxury yacht charter.

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