Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20 May 2006
El Aleman - Jens's Avatar
HU Germany Meeting Organiser
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Worms, Germany
Posts: 462
Question USA - Costa Rica? How long - how much???

Hi guys!

My plan is to ride from Texas/California to Costa Rica. What do you think how much time I should spent there and how much money do I need???
Basic travel!!! Tent and food on the street! Perhaps sometimes a hostal....

I want to meet the locals - and of course other travellers on the road !!!

El Aleman - Jens
Reply With Quote
Old 20 May 2006
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Fort Lauderdale,Forida,USA
Posts: 742
Wink TX Costa Rica

Hi , I am getting ready to leave in July for Central America,after many search I will say your budget should be about $60 to $70 including lodging , but I will not camp so I can't help you with that. what kind of bike you ride you let you know more about where you will be riding <Cancun VS Cooper Canyon or maybe both>
do some search on this site , it's loaded with very good up to date info.

Hendi Kaf


Reply With Quote
Old 21 May 2006
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Golden, CO USA...on the road since Sept 2005
Posts: 343
Costa rica

I spent 3 months riding from Colorado to Costa Rica (in 2005). With regards to "how long," I'd say 3 months is "good." I spent 2 months in Mexico alone- and could have spent 2 years, I just love the place. As far as costs: if you're willing to camp alot and eat on the street as you said, $25 per day will be no problem- and this includes fuel. You mentioned meeting locals, locals in many parts of Mexico would consider $25 per day a great sum of money. If you're willing to get dirty and tough it out, $15 per day, including fuel, will do the job. Don't forget, when things are going fine and you're actually coming in under budget (thanks to friendly locals who put you up and threaten your life- when you offer them money!) your bike might suddenly decide it needs some heavy maintenence. Ahh, life on the road...enjoy the ride!
"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world..." L.B. Armstrong. www.davesgreatescape.net
Reply With Quote
Old 21 May 2006
El Aleman - Jens's Avatar
HU Germany Meeting Organiser
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Worms, Germany
Posts: 462
Smile I can´t wait....

Hi, I could leave tomorrow, but it is still only an idea..... I think I will ride on an old F 650 BMW. I think the bike should be okay for this trip- what do you think??? Thanks for your answers - Hope to see you one day on the road!

El ALeman - Jens
Reply With Quote
Old 21 May 2006
brclarke's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Victoria, BC, CA
Posts: 509

There's a fellow named Ron Grant who, several years back, rode from Florida to Costa Rica on an old Yamaha SR250 'Exciter'. He said the only time he felt the bike was "too small" was in the United States; once he got into Mexico the bike was plenty fast for the roads. You can find his trip journal with some pictures floating around on the WWW somewhere.

He only spent a week or so in Mexico, but I think he took two or three months to visit through all the various Central American countries except Panama. At the end of the trip he sold the SR250 in CR for more than he paid for it in Florida!
Bruce Clarke --- 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R (black)
Reply With Quote
Old 31 May 2006
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 17

I am planning the same trip leaving texas the 18 or 20th of june.
We could trave together for a while if you are interested.


Reply With Quote
Old 6 Jun 2006
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Jackson, WY USA
Posts: 5
TX - Costa Rica

Went once (to Panama) in 3 months and $4000, return took 10 days and $800. So it becomes what you want to make of it. Hostels are a great way to travel cheap - they average less then $10/night and you can always find a safe place for the bike. Sometimes that even includes food. Just e-mail if you want more beta!

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hiring in Costa Rica LukeD Central America and Mexico 1 1 Nov 2005 22:57
Border Crossing Nicaragua - Costa Rica Twintraveller Central America and Mexico 0 1 May 2005 05:34
motorcycle flying into Costa Rica kules Trip Transport 2 1 Feb 2004 06:47
moto temporary import costa rica kules Trip Transport 0 28 Oct 2003 19:10
Border Procedures from El Salvador to Costa Rica Steve Puig Trip Paperwork 0 4 May 2000 13:41


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:49.