My best friend and I are considering taking a trip to Costa Rica towards the end of May. I think that accommodations could be a little cheaper at this point since it is the beginning of the rainy season. We are not sure how long we would stay, and I still have a lot of research to do, but have you guys also traveled down to Panama? If we stayed long enough we thought we could maybe do a lap around Costa Rica and Panama. I think I need to research where we want to stay and the beautiful waterfalls and beaches we want to see to determine if this is an option. Also maybe we would want to rent a car, but is there a specific age you must be and would we be able to cross the border with the rental car and keep it for a week or two? Are you guys also able to give us some distinctions between the two countries as far as what the have to offer? Thanks so much!
Yes we have been down to Panama several times. The two countries are pretty different and in our opinion many parts of Panama aren’t as used to tourists as Costa Rica is. But it is still really fun to explore and the environment is similar. You could easily visit areas like the Bocas on the Caribbean side and if you wanted to loop over to David and get to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, there are shuttles that run throughout Panama (and buses too). You won’t be able to take a rental car across the border though. If you need a shuttle from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro Panama, we can help you arrange one that runs several times per day. Rental cars generally have an age requirement of 23 years old but there are some companies that allow younger drivers. See this thread for more info: https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/question/rental-car-discount-scams/
Happy planning, hope you and your friend have a great trip!