Mexico to Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Americas' started by AK Smitty, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    So I just finished a ride down the PCH and over to Phoenix. I am storing my bike in Phoenix until Jan and taking two week to ride from AZ to Mexico. I will then be storing my bike in Mexico(I have a safe place) for two weeks. When I return to my bike I have a month off to drive to Costa Rica.

    So in short the plan is AZ to Mexico(La Paz) two week ride store bike for two weeks

    Mexico to Costa Rica for a month and then either store bike or ship back to states.

    Please give me info!!! What do I need for bike paper work? :deal Bike papers(carnet)?I am mainly solo anyone want in for parts of trip or know of sketchy areas? My Passport expires in Nov 2012. I here renew six months prior so I see no issues but just checking.

    Getting bike serviced in San Diego and new sneaks so I will be ready for the whole trip. How is the Mexico border? Better to cross any one place than another? Please provide any info you have. I will know my exact dates in the week.

    Thanks for the help, can't wait to get back to my bike.
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  3. Driftin

    Driftin Been here awhile

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    You will only need your drivers license, bike registration and title and some patience to get in to CR. They will issue a temporary "tourism" permit, usually good for 90 days. Have several copies of everything ready. They will also have you buy some insurance of course.

    As far as storing the bike, no problem. You would have a problem if you wanted to ride it after the 90 days expired though. I do not know of a way to extend the time without leaving the country with it and re-entering. You could have it shipped with no issues but the "visa" to operate it would be expired.

    As far as no go areas, San Jose is ok during the day, if you absolutely have to be there. Traffic sucks, less so on a bike though and you can lane split. Don't drive at night, there or anywhere, unless you know the roads you are on. The tourism areas are all safe if you keep an eye on your stuff, don't act like a target and keep some situational awareness. Since we are coming in to the high season the crooks are working these areas and looking out for crimes of opportunity provided by tourists.

    The off-the-beaten- path areas are usually pretty safe since there is generally less to steal and less people to steal from. Bear in mind that the EMS and rescue systems we have here are nowhere near as capable and prompt as those in the states so err always on the side of caution.

    If you have a Garmin GPS you might want to check out map programs from EZ Find. I have it loaded on my Zumo 550 and it is very good.

    Let me know if you need any more information.
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  4. eakins

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    you need a passport to travel through CA.
    crossing info
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=689844
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  5. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Everything is in line with the info that I have and I appreciate it. I plan to have several copies of everything and also email it all to myself. I think the two week Mexico run will be a good trial run. I have a passport my only question on that was that it being within a year of expiring. I am going to try to get a new one but it doesn't expire until 11/12 so I am thinking that I am good.


    Keep the info coming. I wish I had more than a month but it is what it is. any input on shipping my bike back or leaving it in storage for the summer then getting it in the fall?
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  6. Driftin

    Driftin Been here awhile

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    Correct. You will, of course, need your passport but do not need a visa for CR. You will most always get a 90 day visa stamp on entering. I am not aware of the need to have six months on a pp to get in, that may be only for the airlines. You do not want it to expire here for obvious reasons but should it be lost or stolen you can get a replacement at the US embassy in Pavas, a San Jose suburb.
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  7. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    If you don't mind to share space with this two chicks.. :raabia I asked them, and they said it was ok.:wings

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  8. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

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    AK Smitty, I'm leaving California in early Jan, riding into Baja. Crossing from La Paz and then all the way to Costa Rica or Panama and back up to Texas. I'll be on the road for 3 - 4 months. Drop me a line.
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  9. acejones

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    Regarding your passport. Just go to the nearest Post Office and they can advise you or if you are near a passport center, go there.
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  10. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I like options and two chicks is one my favorite options!:lol3 Logistics, logistics, logistics. Cant wait to be on the road.
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  11. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Sounds like I may be a little behind you unless you drag your feet. I land in AZ on Jan 11 and plan to head to SanDiego that for an appointment at the BMW shop on the 12th. Then head south on the 13th. Not sure how any of that looks in your plan but always nice to cross the border with someone. Thanks
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  12. Catours

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    AK Smitty,

    If you make it towards Antigua, Guatemala on your way down, feel free to stop by Moto Cafe and share some stories with fellow motorcyclists, join us for a ride, or just have a beer or cigar. Either way we look forward to hopefully meeting you.

    Safe riding!

    Chris and Dave from CATours

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    14°33'19.50"N
    90°43'52.43"W
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  13. chinchinete

    chinchinete Learning to fly

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    Drop me a line if you need storage space downtown San Jose or Atenas. You could leave your bike in one of my places. I am going south next Friday:evil. I hope to cross Mexicali Jan 02 and arrive home in CR Jan 25. Let me know

    Cheers
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  14. balloonman

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    On that vehicle permit it is good to have a visa or mcard otherwise a cash deposit of $300 is required and returned when you cancel the permit. Make sure you keep the recipt as returning to Mexico can get complicated if you fail to surender the permit. Captain Tom
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    It's $400 for his '11 F800 (in fact, any vehicle '01 and newer), and that is charged whether using credit or cash. Credit card rules changed this past summer.
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  16. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Is this the same as the TVIP? Will I have an issue putting my bike in storage for two weeks and leaving Mex and then coming back? I was kinda planning on playing dumb and just showing my passport at the airport and not any bike paperwork.

    Damn I thought mex was cheap!! haha So sounds like with passport, registration, insurance and title I can handle it all at the border? Do I really no OG title? Dont really like traveling with that and I getting mixed answers on if I really need it.

    to the quote below or Captain Tom


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  17. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    Great reminder on Emergency Services in CR to anyone used to 1st World. Red Cross ambulances exist but are not reliable due to limiting funding for medical supplies and even diesel. Its against policy for them to take donations for their services but you can sometimes slip them 10,000 colones ($20) if you really are insistent.

    As for the 90-day permit. I wouldn't count on being able to renew it by leaving the country repeatedly. That only works for a tourist visa, not for vehicles. If your bike remains beyond 90 days its going to wind up in the Customs impound yard the first time you are stopped by Policia.

    San Jose offers excellent riding during both night and day if you know your way around. Just watch out for the new radar cameras, they are temporarily OFF but not for much longer.

    PuraVida
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