Florida to Costa Rica.....I don't fly
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2013 6:25 AM Last Post By: MrTim
Apr 19, 2013 3:23 PM
Florida to Costa Rica.....I don't flyHello, All! Looking for any helpful tips you may have! In past years I have flown to Costa Rica from my home in Florida, however my fear of flying has worsened and I am now searching for new travel methods. Open to arriving anywhere in Central America then working my way up or down. Planning on at least a month of Central America travel with most time spent in Costa Rica. Mainly hoping for help with:
Are there boats to there?
Cruise ships seem to only go certain times of year for long trips and are pricey.
Has anyone ever driven?
Hard to drive through that many countries?
Thank you for any advice fellow travelers!
Apr 19, 2013 8:13 PM
1Plenty of people drive, but its not as easy as a 3 hour flight, from FLA, its a good ways of driving and 4 borders, so at least 8-9 days of driving?? Check out Driving the Americas website, you need to have the the title of the car, and in your name, in order to cross south of MX.
Not sure about cruise ships oneway....for me that would be scarier than anything...haha
Apr 20, 2013 4:20 AM
2The benefit of driving is that there are so many great sights to check out along the way so plan a loop that keeps you interested both ways. A month isn't a whole lot of time though so if you just want to get to Costa Rica fast then stick to the Panamerican Highway and you can be there pretty quick. Avoid driving at night and be prepared for delays at borders. Choose hotels with secure parking. Have the original Title in your name and take copies of documents, passport, etc for the borders. Speaking a little Spanish will help...
Apr 20, 2013 6:56 AM
3another option is to take a cruise ship to cancun or belize and then ride one of the international buses. you will use up a lot of your time just driving from florida to texas to get into mexico.
take a look here: http://www.ticabus.com/eng/index.php from belize or cancun, you would need to take a local bus to get to a location to pick up the tica bus. but it's the safest (and probably fastest) way to get to costa rica at a reasonable cost without flying.
the tica bus is very comfortable (more room than airline seats!), air conditioned (sometimes too cold...) and with a toilet on board. the "executive" ticket includes food and has fewer stops. also, no "issues" with your car at the various borders.
there are a few overnights along the way - but - there are small hotels connected with tica bus that you can use or just book your own.
once in costa rica, you can get off the ticabus anywhere along its route, even though your ticket will be to san jose.
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