so right now I find myself in the following position.. i live in Venezuela and finding plane tickets has become ridiculously hard, since the government owes billions of dollars to different airlines the have left the country and/or stop selling tickets. i managed to find tickets to panama for 13000 BSF (exchange rate 1:75)=175$. me and a buddy wanted to go to costa rica in the first place, so to get there we would have to buy a ticket separetly for around 400-500$ from Panama to Costa rica. since this is the only way to get to Costa, we would have to pay board fee from Venezuela to Panama which is paid is BSF so its practically nothing, then 150 from Panama to Costa, 150 from Costa to Panama, 150 from Panama to Venezuela. so that adds up to 450 only in boards. We would we renting a car in Costa so add up 600$ per person on that. Theres 1000$ more that we would have to put to get to Costa, and people have told me that Costa in general is more expensive than Panama. so lets say itll be 1500$ more to go to Costa than just staying at panama. also, since well be renting a car, we might find ourselves loosing time driving around than surfing. we've seen the chance of staying in panama and head straight to Santa Catalina to surf the main break, walk 30-45min to breaks nearby and taking boats to nearby breaks. what would you do in my position? ive got 3000$ to surf travel in this year. Lets say in Panama well spend a total of 1000-1300$ in hotel, food, pictures etc. so ill still have more money to do a second trip on the summer. forgot to mention that the dates we'll be traviling are March 31st to April 18th. If the surf in Santa Catalina is good, i think staying in Panama is our best choice. what do you guys think? thank you.