Driving to Nicaragua from California

Can anyone offer some good advice regarding driving from California to Costa Rica. I have a gal in San Juan Del Sur and would like to also have a set of wheels for getting around this time. How long on average would it take and what should I budget for fuel, based on 25 mpg. My vehicle is a 1986 Ford Bronco II. I may get a newer vehicle such as a 1995 Ford Explorer. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Eric

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Driving to Nicaragua/Costa Rica

Thanks for your many words of wisdom and advice on the subject of "driving south" to Nica/CR. In Sailing we say "adventure" is what happens to the "ill prepared". Go sailing anyway! I suppose the same can be said about going by road. However, time being what it is and adventure being what it is...Delta, American, Continental and United sound like good alternatives at this stage. Though I will need wheels in Costa Rica for sure...we'll have to do the renta car thing! BTW Melanie, yes I foolishly sold Chickadee. Its a lonngggg story. But that's okay, she went to the perfect new owner. I'll get her back down the road. Right now I have my ojos on another lil boat sitting at anchor in Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador. I need another boat to research the coast of Costa Rica. My publisher is adamant we include Costa Rica in this edition of Cruising Central America. Howard...what the heck are you doing in Vancouver this time of the year? It's dam cold up there. I'm in Sausalito at the moment and dang anxcious to get back to my nestlings in SJ before santa. Take care all. Too be continued. Capt Eric "Chickadee" B. www.cruisingcentralamerica.com

Moving or visiting?

If you are moving there to stay they will not allow vehicles that old.

If you do drive it will take twice as long as you would expect for that mileage. That is because you will not be driving at night. You may try it once and if you are still alive the next day you probably won't do it again.

Been there

Did the L.A. to tikal trip alone many years ago. Went well but concluded it was too much work, boring, and too isolated from the locals. Also very expensive for one person. If you like to do things the hard way, take the bus. It's less bad than driving. Some practical concerns:

2500 miles or so on roads that are not as fast as American roads. Between the low speed limits, slow trucks on hills, and lesser engineering, plan on at least 20 miles per hour less than in the states.

You will cross at least 4 borders, with paperwork and insurance (if you do insurance).

You will want to sleep in your vehicle or have to find a motel with secure parking. Your vehicle's lodging may cost more than your own.

Do not plan on driving at night.

Expect tires to last less long on Mex/CA roads and have lotsa little dings on the rest of your vehicle, too.

"Adios" means have a nice day, and you don't have to know whether it's morning or afternoon!

you have a truck

sitting in your yard , is it not yours ?

you would be better off bringing down another boat ....

mind you the drive is another adventure.....

to much snow for you in van city .

still dumping up there


where's your boat ....

or doesn't it sail anymore?

the age of your rig might be a problem, unless you are just travelling through. from previous posts, it would sound like it's way too old.

I'd bet the time it would take you would depend on how fast you put the pedal down, and how much you can afford to pay the border crossing folks.

hows the book coming along ?

eric sold his boat

25 mpg

What's your secret to getting 25 mpg out of a '86 Bronco? My son has an '84 and only gets 10 mpg on a good day. It's a V8. P.S. Fly and rent a car.

My advice...fly!I haven't

My advice...fly!

I haven't done it and have no intentions but from a few that have done it...I suggest taking lots of cash with you. Crossing some of those boarders can be difficult! Good luck!

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