Panama-Costa Rica-Panama

I will be coming to Panama soon and would like to stay for about 7.5 months. I will be entering on a tourist visa and since I see that only 180 days are allowed on this visa. I thought that perhaps a side trip to Costa Rica could help me. I have read that some people have done this but the information that I read was a bit dated. Is anyone up to date on this or have some personal experience? Soy bilingue.

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