Category: Border Runs

The Lovely Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo | Our Perfect Home Base for a Panama Border Run

    I love the beach. A good part of my childhood was spent on the beautiful subtropical island of Okinawa, Japan.  It is a coral reef island, and one of my favorite family pastimes was going to the pristine, crystal clear blue water and white sand beaches to snorkel, collect shells, explore the colorful sea life in the tide pools and… Read more →

Renew Your Visa: My Checklist For Planning A Border Run In Costa Rica

  We recently had a discussion with some expat friends who said that they calculated the cost of doing border runs for visa renewals and compared it to the cost of hiring a lawyer and applying for residency. What they found was applying for residency would be cheaper than trying to leave the country every 90 days to renew their… Read more →

From Costa Rica to Nicaragua and Back | The Peñas Blancas Border

    The other morning I woke up suddenly and while still half asleep, I randomly thought, “How long ago did we cross the border and get our passports stamped?” Then I remembered it was the end of May, so I got up, looked at our passports and counted 90 days out – our visas were going to expire in… Read more →

The Border Less Crossed: Costa Rica to Nicaragua at Las Tablillas

  When traveling to Nicaragua from Costa Rica, most expats are more familiar with and opt for the border crossing in Guanacaste at Penas Blancas, Costa Rica.  Who can blame them?  After all, the gorgeous San Juan Del Sur beach and Lago Nicaragua is just on the other side. Penas Blancas is a much further drive for us, so we… Read more →

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