If you're looking for a cheap way to reach Colombia after your stay in Panama, then don't take the $550 sailboat - do it yourself for less!
The Costa Rica-Panama border crossing is relatively simple to do independently. Here's our guide on the transport, and the fees when crossing rom Puerto Viejo to reach Bocas del Toro, Boquete or David City.
Here's our guide on the transport, the fees and the onward travel options for crossing the border at Guabito/Sixaola to reach Puerto Viejo and the east coast of Costa Rica.
You don't need a Ticabus to cross this border. Here's our guide on the transport, fees and onward travel if you do it on your own (for a fraction of the price!)