Travel from Guanacaste to Panama Canal

Jul 19th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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Travel from Guanacaste to Panama Canal

we have an upcoming trip to costa rica, where we will be staying in Guanacaste area. We would like to knwo, if there are ways to make it to panama canal and how this could be accomplished... are there any daily cruises, or airlines that fly between Liberia airport and Pamana city?
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Jul 19th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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some canal tours...

cannot be done as a day trip...

you could take down to PC

from Liberia/SJ over a few days...

there are expensive flights out of SJO

but not LIR...Copa Taca do this

but Tica Bus usually cheaper unless you catch a sale...

Have fun,
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Jul 19th, 2010, 03:21 PM
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As Qwovadis said in his lovely shorthand way, you cannot fly directly from Liberia to Panama City. You would have to go via San Jose. You can get a commuter plane from Liberia to San Jose and then another flight to Panama City. But flights are limited and pretty expensive - think $400, more or less. maybe $350.

You could fly to San Jose and take the Ticabus to Panama also. You can check their website for information on schedule and prices.

As for a cruise, it may be possible to hook up with a cruise that is heading for the Canal but that would have to be from the Port of Caldera which is near Puntarenas. (There is another port in Limon but since you will be on the western side of the country, I will not go into Limon.) There are many cruises that originate from somewhere else - like Florida - make several stops, including Puntarenas/Caldera and then transit the Canal. You would have to look for a cruise like this and then contact them to see if it would be possible to get aboard in Costa Rica.
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Jul 19th, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Thank you for this info.

one more question.. how are the roads, would you recommend renting a car for sightseeing? which company would you recommend -
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Jul 20th, 2010, 07:16 AM
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If you make it to Panama City, there are day cruises of the canal, either partial or full transits. It's been a few years, but when we were there, the full transit was only done one Saturday per month.

I don't recall how often the partial transits were.

Unless you really have loads of time, I'd save Panama for a separate trip. There's so much to see and do there.
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Jul 20th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Most of the roads are fine - picture back country, two-lane roads where you live. There are many roads that are gravel or rock but you usually won't have to drive on them. Some hotels or towns, you will need to drive on a gravel road for a short part of the trip. All this means is - just slow down. Of course, there are places where you will have to drive through a shallow river to get there!

There are many good rental car companies in Costa Rica, including major names like Hertz and Budget and National There are also several local companies such as Mapache and Tricolor. Check a few of them and then be sure to search travel forums such as this one or Trip Advisor to make sure people have not had a bad experience.

Driving is a wonderful way to explore Costa Rica and really be able to see a lot, and on your own schedule.
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