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Sat
1
May '10

Ship via Sea Can or Drive to Costa Rica

We have a second home in Costa Rica and we tend to go there about three a year, more often than we thought we would#. The average cost per week to rent a larger sized SUV is about $700 and we tend to stay 2 – 3 weeks each trip, so it adds up. Then we have to consider the costs of two flights for another $1,600. It is beginning to get a bit expensive. So after numerous discussions we have decided that we need to take one of our vehicles to our home and leave in Costa Rica. While we are at it, we might as well take down a ATV and some household items that we can get more readily in here at home.

So now that we made that decision, we had to determine the {ost cost effective way to make it happen. After meeting with our attorney Ana Vargas, a wonderful woman and phenomenal professional, we were able to determine that it will cost us just over $6,000 to get our vehicle into the country and make it legal. Essentially, the majority of the costs is the import tax. We also have to set up a new Costa Rican corporation which will own the vehicle.

Armed with a cost estimate to get the vehicle into Costa Rica, we now have to determine how we are going to get it there. We have a couple options, drive it down or ship it via seacan. We have obtained one quote, which estimates the shipping costs to Costa Rica to be between $7,000 and $8,000 depending where we ship if from (Calgary or Vancouver). Shipping also means we still need our flights to Costa Rica, a rental car for a week and still have to incur the costs for the import taxes. This brings our estimated shipping journey to Costa Rica to about $16,000.

We made some rough calculations of what we figure it would cost us to drive down and pay the import taxes etc to be approximately $10,000+ a substantial cost savings compared to shipping. But driving will mean dealing with other issues we won’t have to deal with if we ship. Examples would be the language barrier as we are not fluent in Spanish (yet), travelling through Countries we know very little about etc.

The long and short of it, we have decided to drive down to Costa Rica rather than ship. The cost savings are just to substantial to ignore. As well, we are looking forward to seeing the other wonderful countries we have never been to before, yet hear such phenomenal things about. We are going to study Spanish diligently, research the political climate and news feeds relating to the other countries and most importantly….we have created a blog on our Costa Rica website to share information with others and hopefull others will share with us. With a little luck we may even find other people who are also traveling to Costa Rica or in that general direction, and would be be interested in driving together – safety in numbers. With even more luck, we would be able to have a couple people who are fluent in Spanish and communicate with the locals (and border crossings) with ease, making the trip less stressful for all of us and those whom are trying to figure out what the heck we are trying to say.

Sat
5
Dec '09

Plans Have Changed

Well the wife and I have not to travel to Costa Rica by vehicle this year, time was too short and so were the funds, perhaps next year we will make the journey in our 03 jeep liberty. That said, anyone finding our blog please feel free to post your comments and just perhaps you may discover others who are planning to make the trip as well.

Tue
11
Aug '09

Making Sure Your Vehicle is Ready for the Drive to Costa Rica

One of the first issues you need to address before heading south, is making sure your truck is ready for the drive to Costa Rica.

You should be concerned with the mechanical soundness of your truck. No matter where you trip begins, Canada or the United States, you will be driving a fair distance, so you will want to ensure that your car is in good mechanical working order.  Do not let little things slip off your radar like windshield wipers, fuses, cracks in your windshield etc.

For those whom are not mechanically inclined, your better off to take it to a trust worthy certified mechanic for a thorough inspection.  Even if you are mechanically inclined this may be a good idea, just for some added peace of mind.  Depending on your SUV and the condition it is in, you may also want to do this well before you intend to leave.  You do not want an outrageous repair bill to catch you off guard, or even worse have a mechanic tell you that your SUV just won’t make the trip.  Then you are faced with a whole other challenge of buying one that will.  If money isn’t a problem, purchasing new will not be either.  But for the rest of us, having to purchase another van isn’t something we can do on a whim.  So be sure to have your truck inspected well in advance of of the date you intend to leave your departure date.

Whatever you are driving, do ensure you have very good tires.  In Mexico and Central America you will be travelling on roads which can and will not be to the standards you are used to in North America.  So you may want to ensure that you are travelling in a truck appropriate to those roads.  Although most vehicles are fine, consider a a 4×4, it isn’t a bad idea.  You need to remember a few things when travelling through those Countries.  First off, when it rains, it can be a substantial down pour.  It may not last long but it can come down like a wall of water.  Secondly, the pot holes can resemble miniature canyons.  There is one near our home in Costa Rica which has been named the Toyota Killer.  You will not be wanting to drive a little car down those roads, you may just lose it in a pot hole.

A small to mid sized sports utility vehicle is a preferred choice.  You want to be comfortable and ensure that you will be able to traverse whatever the road brings.  The ability to throw it into four wheel drive without getting out of your vehicle is a god send as well.  With the extra room an sports utility car provides you can also through more things in the back. Items will be easily accessible in comparison with having to get out and root through the trunk of a car.  A sports utility SUV works well if you are taking your pets with you.  It gives them that little extra room to stretch out or even move around, if you don’t have it packed to the roof with belongings.

No matter what, be sure your truck is ready for the drive to Costa Rica, and that you have one that is appropriate for the road and weather conditions you will more than likely encounter.

Mon
10
Aug '09

Traveling to Costa Rica in Late December 2009

The wife and I are planning to drive our 2003 Jeep Liberty to Costa Rica after Christmas 2009. We bought a home in Costa Rica in 2007 and since have spent roughly $6000 USD on rental vehicles during our stays in Costa Rica, well it is time to put an end to that. We have looked into the import fees and it will cost us $6000 USD to import our vehicle into Costa Rica and leave it there.

During one of our planning discussions the idea of this blog came up, we thought there has to be a lot of people planning the same trip, and what is the best way to get in contact with them to see if it may be possible to travel together? Then we thought heck if we can get enough exposure with this blog perhaps it can be used as a resource for years to come for people planning to do the same trip.

So I logged onto our Godaddy account and installed WordPress so we can host this blog along with our Costa Rica home rental site

Regards
Glenn & Carmen