Drive To Costa Rica 101 Animals Q: I am moving to Costa Rica and debating flying or driving…taking my time and taking a few things from home. Do you think travel with 2 big dogs will be a problem? What about pulling a trailer? A: Take an inventory of the things you are taking and […]
What to take the adventure of a lifetime?
Yes, we all do!
Most people dream of travel but they never do it . . . only 3% of Americans travel to Costa Rica!
Are you one of them?
In fact, less than 40% of the USA population even has a passport.
But you are different . . .
Ever dream about visiting Mexico and Central America in your own vehicle?
Maybe even with your dog?
Let me tell you, this trip will CHANGE your life.
In fact, you just being here is already different, you could easily be posting on Facebook but you are thinking about adventure.
Awesome, are your ready to take the trip of your life?
Drive Me Loco is an Online Travel Guide and eBook combining 35 years of experience offering the reader expert recommendations from real life (yes, we've done it several times) information on driving your vehicle through Mexico and Central America.
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Effective September 23, 2014 there is a new compulsory insurance law in Mexico. Any person operating a vehicle on Mexico Federal Highways is required to carry minimum liability insurance coverage.
Costa Rican officials have officially announced a tax reduction that aims to not only lower the price of used cars but to also reduce pollution caused by older cars. The current (old) import taxes brakes down as follows: New Cars and vehicles up to 3 years old = 30% Tax Vehicles from 4-5 years old […]
I have been traveling to Baja for 35 years—it is likely the one place on the planet that has served up some of the best waves of my life. For the last few years Baja has been plagued with negative media and unwelcoming stories. Coyote Adventures, started by Ivan Feerman, was born out of one […]
MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” […]
The Drive The drive through Mexico and Central America is a wonderful experience, however, it’s not an adventure for everyone. What type of person would like this sort of trip? First and foremost, you go to like to drive—if the open road turns you on then this is a great trip for you. Even through […]
Living in Costa Rica for an extended period of time requires that you qualify for and establish legal residency. If you also want to work in Costa Rica, you will need a form of residency that permits you to do so. Currently the ONLY form of residency that allows you to work in Costa Rica is […]
Recently there has been a war between the various drug groups which hasn’t helped the image of Mexico—the reality is that you MUST be careful traveling through certain areas of Mexico. The Northern Baja State Police, and the Green Angels have increased patrols between TJ and Esenada and areas near the boarder crossing. Rosarito has […]
Thanks to Christi and Crispian for sending in this update on traveling with the pups. Just a note about traveling with dogs, we are on the way back from 5 months in Central America with two very well-behaved dachshunds, and more than 50% of the time, we stayed in hotels. It is hardest in large cities, […]
New Organization Helps Protect Costa Rican Coast
While it is possible for you to sell your car after driving to Costa Rica, possibly even make some profit, it is certainly not without its difficulties. The average customs tax on cars in C.R. is close to 55% of what an American would consider to be the value.
Today the Wall Street Journal wrote about the escalating violence near the border and now there seems to be all this fear that it will spill over into the US and they (they that are in power) are talking about sending troops to beef up security. I am sure if you are thinking about a […]
Latin American Driving Habits Mexican and Central American drivers make driving in the cities a bit frustrating for visitors from above the border. Obedience to basic traffic laws seems to depend upon if a policeman is watching or not OR if you are a Gringo (haha, really). For example, if you stop for a red […]
By Scott Stewart This week’s Geopolitical Intelligence Report provided a high-level assessment of the economic forces that affect how the Mexican people and the Mexican government view the flow of narcotics through that country. Certainly at that macro level, there is a lot of money flowing into Mexico and a lot of people, from bankers and […]
Mexican authorities have arrested three gang members and are searching for two more accused of robbing and killing two Australian surfers on a highway in Sinaloa. The Chevy van in which Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, both 33, were driving was last sighted by a highway toll booth camera at 2:23am on November 21. Soon […]
Mexico and its Rich Heritage and Culture – Mexico Travel Guide Mexico is the land of Ancient Pyramids, Stunning Coastline and a rather famous tipple. Mexican culture is a hugely diverse domain that encompasses vast differences in identity. The Mexican History has various influences, starting from the ancient Mayan civilization to the domineering European presence, […]
About Belize- Belize Travel Belize offers some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the region: thick tropical forests envelop much of the country’s southern and western regions, stretching up towards the misty heights of the sparsely populated Maya Mountains, while just offshore, dazzling turquoise shallows and cobalt depths surround the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the […]
About Panama Panama is known for its curvy, narrow land mass which serves as a physical and cultural land bridge between North and South America. While Panama is more expensive than other Central American countries, its natural beauty is unsurpassed. Can you imagine hundreds of idyllic, deserted islands scattered through warm seas; densely forested wilderness; […]
Guatemala and it’s Beauty Guatemala is a nature-lovers paradise.Guatemala is the birth place of the ancient Mayan Ruins, Rain forests and natural beauty . Guatemala is a vibrant, colorful land characterized by its proud ethnic cultures, towering volcanic peaks, lush jungles, colonial architecture and staggering Mayan monuments. Guatemala has it all ranging from the highlands […]
The $50 billion pharaonic project by a Chinese billionaire, Wang Jing, to cross Central America aims to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by halving the Central American nation, has raised a firestorm of criticism even before it begins.
Honduras – Geography and Culture Honduras is a land of Mayan Ruins, Idyllic Nature Reserves and world class Diving. Located in the heart of the Central American isthmus Honduras stretches from the Pacific to the Caribbean, its interior a mixture of gargantuan national parks, Mayan relics and colonial towns. The country’s tourist appeal is undeniable. […]
US Customs Seizes 1000 Pounds of Cocaine off Costa Rica Coast, it was a bad week for smugglers.
About Nicaragua Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes, is also the land of lush forests, deserted beaches and vibrant colonial cities. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. The largest country in Central America is still one of its least visited. Peaceful for over 25 years, it’s still waging a battle against a lingering […]