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Driving In From Costa Rica--

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Driving In From Costa Rica--

Just wondered if anyone has driven from c.r. to panama?? Live in the grecia area and driving down in july and wondered about travel time--roads--etc. Any info helpful!!

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1. Re: Driving In From Costa Rica--

We were told that the border of Panama was about 9 hours from Manuel Antonio, we kept following trucks with Panama liscence plates. From San Jose to Manuel Antonio took us about 3 1/2 hours, so 12 1/2 hours from San Jose, just to the border!

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2. Re: Driving In From Costa Rica--

We live in Manuel Antonio/Quepos. The border crossing at Paso Canoas on the west coast is three hours from here. (One hour to Dominical and two on down south) Add 1/2 hour onto this if you're not a speedy driver. On the east coast, it took us three hours to drive from Sixiola to San Jose (Barrio Amon) then another 3 1/2 hours to Manuel Antonio. Except for the stretch of road between Quepos and Dominical, the roads were good all the way. Repost if you'd like more info.

Lisa in Manuel Antonio

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LISA--Getting ready for the trip down to panama--where did u stay--any advice for just a couple of days--just have to get the passport stamped--not really a vacation--any advice will help

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4. Re: Driving In From Costa Rica--

When we crossed into Panama at Sixola, we left the car in secure parking, walked across the bridge, took a taxi to a water taxi, then the water taxi to Bocas del Toro. In Bocas we stayed at the Bocas Hotel (approx $50 with A/C, private bath). We also were there for three days so we just were looking for a "get out". Even though the border crossing was very quick, it was a hassle to do the taxi, to the water taxi bit. But glad we saw it as we'd heard alot about Bocas.

From Paso Canoas, we drove to David and spent one night in a no-name hotel then drove up to Boquete and stayed two nights at Isla Verde http://islaverde.escapetoboquete.com/. I highly recommend this place, very unique and close to town. The Paso Canoas border crossing took about an hour, kind of a mad house. There is a PriceSmart in David so we enjoyed some shopping. There is a hotel in David that alot of people enjoy (Gran Hotel or something? Tico Times advertises it.) but we never found it and gladly as we really enjoyed Boquete.

Repost if you'd like more info. Hope this helps!

Lisa

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5. Re: Driving In From Costa Rica--

Hi Lisa--just returned from panama a few days ago and have to say the paso canoas border is a mess!! how is the border at sixola?? We did drive to the Bocas and were very disappointed-

only stayed 2 days and that was to long!! Went to David and liked it--we were there 4 days total-Do u live in Costa Rica??

We did stop on our way down to Panama--Manuel Antonio--

Dominical--Golfito--it was a nice trip but in the future will stay away from the Bocas--think were going to try the Pacific side and further down the coast in Panama--maybe near the city

well thanks for your input

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6. Re: Driving In From Costa Rica--

Does anyone know if there is a secure place to leave a rental car in Paso Canoas, Costa Rica, as we plan to bus from Paso Canoas and spend 3 days in Panama before returning to Costa Rica?

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