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crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

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crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

We have been to costa rica a few times and are coming back. We want to go down the coast to the Panama border but can't find much on it. We are driving and understand we can't take the rental car across. How can we do this? Is Golfito the closest town and can we take a bus from there? On past trips residents/ex-pat we talked with have mentioned they do a lot of shopping down there and we just wanted to take a look. Is there any good places to stay just over that border and is that worth our time? Any advice would be great.

Edited: 17 January 2012, 03:27
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1. Re: crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

The border town on the Pacific side with Panama is called Paso Canoas and you are correct you can not take your rent a car accross. The shopping the expats talk about is in Paso Canoas boarder town (Costa Rica side), various shops and suppermarkets are on the border and you can enter via Costa Rica and the other end of the shop have a door to Panama. Prices are duty free and sell a lot of items like alcohol, electronics and others a lot cheaper than in CR but more expensive than Panama. The advantage is that you do not need to go through customs and as such is very atractive to a lot of expats and Costaricans. If you leave Cr and purchase in Panama you will need to go through CR customs and normal limits and duties apply. The closest town is David but best shopping is in Paso Canoas.

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2. Re: crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

Totally agree with Thomas...and he knows the Southern side of our country!

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3. Re: crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

Costa Rica, bless them, have passed a non smoking law in public places. How about Panama? Jim

San Pedro, CR

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4. Re: crossing the border to panama through osa peninsula

i don't think there will be much enforcement of that law for quite some time.

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