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    Driving US to Costa Rica

    Just want to see if anyones ever done the drive from US to Costa Rica. Im moving there in a few months. Ive been down there 100x in my life so I don't need any advice on living there. The only reason Im considering driving is the price of cars in CR. Its ridiculously expensive! and shipping one isn't a great deal either. So Ive decided Im going to drive in January, after their rainy season. Has anyone ever done it? I know Mexico is dangerous and border crossings can be shady. But please give me some info if u can. Theres not a lot on the internet except people (who probably have never left America in their life) saying don't drive you'll die. and very few youtube videos. Thanks.

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    Never done the drive but I can offer one piece of advice: Whatever vehicle you plan on driving down there--make sure you can get readily available parts for it. The couple people I've known to do it drove an older Toyota diesel and an older VW diesel, respectively.

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    I would ship it before I drove. it IS very dangerous in spots.

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    Yeah thanks...I have a new Nissan Titan. Sucks on Gas but im sure the 4x4 will come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomomp View Post
    I know Mexico is dangerous and border crossings can be shady.
    ...but Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua are bastions of peace and prosperity? I'd be more worried about those places.

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    If I had the money I would ship it. But the quotes Ive gotten and the hoops you have to jump through are crazy. I have a few friends down there that shipped cars to Limon and some of their cars were destroyed or vandalized. missing parts and stuff.

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    Don't take a gun with you, or if you do, don't tell the Mexican police you have it...
    Be extremely careful diving at night through Mexico
    Always offer $ to police, refuse to follow them back to their HQ.
    Good luck and I can't say I'm not a little green with envy...that's a big move...one I'm not sure I have the kahuna's to do, but it's always been a dream of mine.
    Pura Vida!!

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    Yeah I know its all sketch till you get to CR. that's why I want to talk to people who have done it. Not just heard stories from a friend of a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koki Barrels View Post
    Don't take a gun with you, or if you do, don't tell the Mexican police you have it...
    Be extremely careful diving at night through Mexico
    Always offer $ to police, refuse to follow them back to their HQ.
    Good luck and I can't say I'm not a little green with envy...that's a big move...one I'm not sure I have the kahuna's to do, but it's always been a dream of mine.
    Pura Vida!!
    Thanks bro. Im stoked about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomomp View Post
    If I had the money I would ship it. But the quotes Ive gotten and the hoops you have to jump through are crazy. I have a few friends down there that shipped cars to Limon and some of their cars were destroyed or vandalized. missing parts and stuff.
    better than dying which you have a very good chance of doing if you drive, especially alone.