Our ten day Costa Rica Panama tour, February 2 - 11, quickly sold out  We have added a 10 day reverse tour running from Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica, February 11 - 20.  Here are the details.  Note: Costa Rica is waiving the need for a health insurance travel policy to all who are fully vaccinated so at this point vaccinations are required to join this tour. The cost of the tour is $3,200 per couple or $2,000 for a single in a single room.

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Costa Rica recently announced they will no longer require a health insurance policy (as of August 1, 2021) as long as you can show a completed vaccination card showing you've been vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival into Costa Rica.

The tour is now confirmed, we’re going to run the tour from Panama to Costa Rica. February 11 - 20 If you want to join us after reading the details below, please submit your tour application via the link toward the end of this email. There are some important requirements for this upcoming tour, as a result of Covid19 so keep these requirements in mind if you plan to submit a tour application.  I’m requiring all who want to join the tour to be vaccinated. You must have a passport to travel outside the US and it can’t be expiring within 6 months of the arrival date per Costa Rican rules. You need no immunizations for either Costa Rica or Panama and no Covid test is required to enter Costa Rica, or Panama but your return to the US will require a negative Covid19 test.  We will facilitate these tests at the end of our tour but the cost of the actual tests are not included in the tour fee ($50 for rapid antigen, required for the US, and $85 (this price keeps changing) for a PCR test, required for Canada).

CURRENT Costa Rica requirements.  You need to fill out a health questionnaire online within the 72 hour period prior to arriving in Costa Rica. Anyone entering Costa Rica must complete the online “Health Pass” epidemiological form: https://salud.go.cr. Again this must be completed within 72 hours of your arrival to Costa Rica and you will be issued a QR code that you'll have to show on arrival.

The US is CURRENTLY requiring that vaccinated citizens returning to the US have a negative Covid19 test within 72 hours of arrival back to the US, even those who can prove they are fully vaccinated. Getting this test in San Jose is easy but again at your expense and roughly $50 per person. I will arrange for our group to get tested, so unless you plan to stay longer in after the tour ends, (I offer a discount rate at our hotel of $80 per night for anyone who wants to stay longer) but your Covid test to enter the USA will still be required and we won’t be transporting you to a test site if you stay longer. It is pretty easy in San Jose to get that test and to handle on your own.

 

  1. I typically don’t run anyone’s credit card until 30 days before the tour but for this tour, I am going to collect half the tour fee 45 days out, with the balance collected two weeks before the tour date. Cancellations 14 days or less will incur a fee of 50% of the tour fee (the deposit). Cancellations less than a week out will incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour fee. I have to book and pay for most of the hotels we use months in advance, so cancellations have a real cost and keep others who were interested in joining the tour from being able to do so. This tour will be sold out and expect roughly 16 people on the tour, plus the driver

 

For those who are on this tour, you’ll need to book a flight into Panama City, Panama )PTY airport code) to arrive anytime on the 11th of December (or earlier) The only event that day is a cocktail party at the hotel that night. Dinner is not included on that first night but the hotel  has a nice restaurant and there are plenty of other options nearby. If you arrive early on the 11th, there’s plenty to see within walking distance of the hotel we stay at in Panama City.

You’ll need a flight departing San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO) on (or after) the 20th of February or later.  Drive time from the Hotel Martino to the international airport is roughly 20 minutes. You need to check-in for your flight 2 hours before departure, so based on your plan, you’ll need to watch the time. I provide airport transportation for your departure trip to the airport, if you plan to depart on the 20th.

The trip is $3,200 for a couple or $2,000 for a single in a private room. We have had singles share a room before to bring the cost to $1,500 so let me know if you are interested in sharing a room and I’ll facilitate attempting to find a match for you. Nearly all meals are included, but not beer, wine, or liquor. All lodging, transportation (other than airfare), and activity/entrance fees are included in the tour fee. We have the same driver each day, who takes great care of us, so if you like the tour, please tip the driver. He’s great and not paid well by the transportation company I contract with. I cover all other gratuities, other than any tip you want to leave your housekeeper in the rooms in the various hotels we stay at.

You can see a sample itinerary for the tour here as well as sign up for the tour again if you are still interested, given the additional requirements listed above Costa Rica Panama Tour (pacificlots.com) Please confirm back if you want to join this tour even if you’ve recently submitted an application.

The tour includes all entry fees, all transportation within Costa Rica and Panama, all lodging, nearly all meals except if you want to eat on your own and on the day of your arrival at the Hotel Martino, where meals are on your own. Otherwise all meals are included, all national park fees and even airport transfers.  For other tour dates, use this for a reference.  Hotel choices may change based on availability since Covid19 has set some limits that we have to comply to. 

These tours are mostly about tourism but we do see a smattering of real estate offerings in some of the more sought out destinations in both Costa Rica and Panama.  Keep in mind however that the majority of the tour is simply tourism, with a few quick real estate viewings while in Jaco and Ojochal, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama.  We can add or subtract real estate touring based on interest by the group.  

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Day 1: You will arrive into Panama City Panama and take a taxi to the hotel we are using on the first night.  We'd been using the Eurostars hotel but they are closed until October first, due to Covid19.  We will be announcing shortly the hotel we will be at for the first night in Panama City.  It will likely be the Best Western or Hyatt Place but we are still negotiating that detail. The taxi from Tocumen International airport in Panama City to our hotel will cost you about $35 and is not included in the tour fee.  When you arrive to the hotel, there will be a prepaid room reserved in your name.  We have no activities planned on that day other than a cocktail party that evening.

Day 2: We'll visit the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo and the Fish Market among other things on this day. Lunch is included at Tantalo restaurant http://tantalohotel.com/kitchen/#lunch in Casco Viejo and dinner will be announced depending on time.  There's a number of great restaurants a short drive away or within walking distance of the hotel. We will be touring around Panama City, seeing some of the highlights including the Armador Causeway and some of the more popular sites in Panama City, an amazing visit to this historically rich city, the finance capital of the Americas. 

Day 3: We leave the hotel first thing in the morning and we stop in Boquete, Panama, on our way to David, Panama where will be spending the night. We have a short stop in  Boquete, a quaint and popular tourist and retirement destination in the mountains of Panama.  We'll visit their central market and have a chance to shop in their boutiques and galleries but more importantly we'll see what's there for those who have interest in potentially living in Boquete.  We have a pretty long drive today but will stop a few times along the way to break it up. We'll be staying at the Gran Nacional Hotel in David.  All meals are included.

Day 4: We depart our lodging and head for the Panama Border. The border crossing requires a bit of time since there's typically 15 of us but it usually goes smoothly.  We arrive in Costa Rica and, time permitting, may take a short river cruise on the Sierpe River before arriving to our Guest House in Ojochal.  We arrive around dinner time and may take a quick trip to watch the sunset from the hills above Ojochal. We will have lunch at Kokopelli and later head to our guest house for dinner.  All meals are included.

Day 5: We'll take a quick tour of the Ventana Del Pacifico developments, visit a home or two owned by expats, and see a few properties for sale.  We depart after lunch, heading to the Villas Rio Mar Hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica for that night.  www.villasriomar.com   We'll end the day early to enjoy the pool at the hotel and dinner is included at Fuego Restaurant that night.  Laundry service is available at this hotel (for a fee) to keep from having to pack everything for the entire 10 days.  All meals included.  Dinner will be at Fuego restaurant.  All meals are included.

Day 6: Again we will be staying at Villas Rio Mar and touring the area around Dominical.  We'll be visiting the Hacienda Barú Nature Reserve with optional zip line tour (fee is included) for those who dare, in the morning and have lunch at Maracatu. We also offer a jungle walk/mangrove tour at the Hacienda Baru and we'll visit the crafts market in Dominical. After lunch we may get a chance to swim in the waterfall.   We can enjoy the pool after dinner and the night is free to relax.  All meals included. 

Day 7: We leave the Villas Rio Mar and head to Manuel Antonio. staying at the Costa Verde Hotel www.CostaVerde.com.   The hotel has several tours available including zip-lines (at your expense) but most of us will go to Manuel Antonio National park that morning, which is included in the tour fee http://www.fodors.com/news/story_1320.html  beach, hiking trails, lots of animals. We’ll try to watch the sunset from the Hotel La Mariposa www.hotelmariposa.com (time permitting) and dinner will be at the Barba Roja or El Avion restaurant.  All meals included.

Day 8: Relaxing morning at the hotel or optionally go to the beach in Manuel Antonio via taxi if desired ($5 taxi).  We'll be leaving the hotel at noon and heading to the Hotel Martino, www.hotelmartino.com  in San Jose, with a quick real estate stop in Jaco.  We also plan to stop to get Covid19 tests, a requirement for those returning to the US. That evening we have a great dinner panned.  All meals included.

Day 9: 8:00 am trip to Doka Coffee Plantation https://dokaestate.com/coffee-tour and then to La Paz Waterfall Gardens www.waterfallgardens.com.   All meals are included on day 9.  Staying another night at the Hotel Martino.    

Day 10: Tour departure day from the Hotel Martino.  Your tour fee includes transportation to the San Jose international airport.  If you have a flight later in the day, you can visit the zoo just a short walk from the hotel or just enjoy the pool, the spa and the grounds.

 

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