Travel between Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Bocas del Toro

Travel between Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Bocas del Toro
Getting to Bocas from Costa Rica

If you are flying in to San Jose, Costa Rica and are thinking of heading to the Caribbean side, or Panama, Caribe Shuttle offers the best option short of a very expensive flight for getting there. Caribe Shuttle has been transporting people back and forth between Puerto Viejo, and Bocas del Toro twice a day for 7 years. They have it pretty well figured out.

Here is the description of their popular San Jose to Bocas del Toro shuttle service:

Getting from San Jose, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro, Panama has never been easier. We take care of everything. We even throw in Lunch. We will pick you up at Denny’s restaurant at the airport, or many of the hotels in the downtown San Jose area in an air conditioned late model shuttle van.
We then drive direct to Banana Azul where you will spend an hour or two having lunch and enjoying this beautiful little resort hotel on the beach in Puerto Viejo. (Order anything you like on the menu, drinks not included).

From here we pick you up and make the 1 hour trip to the border. Our guide will be there to assist you with the immigration process leaving Costa Rica and checking in to Panama.

Another shuttle van will be waiting for you on the Panama side to continue the journey to Bocas Del Toro. The shuttle will drop you off at the Bocas Marine Tours dock in Almirante where you will take a boat the last 30 minutes of the journey through patches of mangroves and various islands to the Bocas Marine Tours dock on main street in the heart of Bocastown.


San Jose to Bocas Itinerary:
6:00 am to 6:20 am: Airport pick up (Denny’s Restaurant)

6:20 am to 6:50 am: San Jose city hotel pick ups.

6:40 am to 11:00 am: Travel to Puerto Viejo

11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Lunch at Banana Azul

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Travel to the border

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Border crossing (Costa Rica time)

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Travel to Almirante (Panama time-1 hour forward)

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Boat to Bocas Town


Caribe Shuttle also offers many other shuttle destinations and packages for Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro. Check out our Schedule & Rates here. Book the San Jose to Bocas shuttle here.

If you would like more information please email us at
We would be happy to answer any questions.

Our offices are located in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica inside Rocking J’s hammock hostel and in Bocas del Toro, Panama on the dock where you arrive in Bocas Town.

Costa Rica: +506-2750-0626
Panama: +507-757-7048