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taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

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taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

We are a family of four that will be traveling to Bocas del Toro. We will be renting a car in San Jose, Costa Rica and plan on staying in Cahuita a couple of days then driving down to Sixoala. I heard that there is a safe lot to park our car there. Later, we would take a taxi to Almirante and a water taxi to Bocas. Is it worth taking the Caribe Shuttle to avoid the hassles? We are on a budget. How much money would we save if we did this on our own?

Thank you in advance!

1. Re: taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

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2. Re: taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

Sixola is in Costa Rica LN.

I have heard the same about secure lots. If you want to drive down you can always leave it at the fire station(bomberos) and they will charge 3 dollars a day. If you can leave it in Cauita or Puerto Viejo, then you cam take the caribe shuttle for around 30 dollars which is a bit more than doing it yourself but it may be easier. Keep in mind you will still probably, not always, need to purchase a 14 dollar bus ticket leaving Panama even if you have proof you are flying out of Costa Rica. Ask the shuttle people if you take that option. Last I heard a shuttle ticket coming back from bocas to costa rica is not an option but that may have changed.

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3. Re: taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

As far as the saving for doing it yourself probably around 12 dollars each.

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4. Re: taking a rental car to Sixoala to get to Bocas

You could look into having your car rental company collect your car from Sixaola, obviously you would be charged for this service but you then wouldn't have to worry about the car. A direct bus leaves from Changanola in Panama to San Jose to return.

Cahuita is a great place to stay and break up the journey. Try www.cahuita.cr for hotels in the area.

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