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Marinas in Costa Rica: Ready to Welcome You and Your Boat!

19 Jan 2015

Travelling to Costa Rica by Boat?

Marinas in Costa Rica: Ready to Welcome You and Your Boat!

If you own a boat and are looking into taking your next sea adventure in search for a new and exotic destination, why not consider Costa Rica?  The country’s stunning natural beauty, picture-perfect beaches on two coasts and STATE OF THE ART MARINAS in Costa Rica are ready to welcome you!

Marinas in Costa Rica: Ready to Welcome You and Your Boat!Costa Rica has been working non-stop to build world class marine facilities. Costa Rica is looking to accommodate sport fishing vessels, sailing charters and yachts in full service ports for the convenience of Costa Rica’s many visitors arriving by sea.  Costa Rica has a clear geographical advantage, situated right in the middle of the continent and so close to the Panama Canal passage.  Therefore, Costa Rica is a suitable stop to replenish fuel and supplies for vessels traversing the canal or just cruising north or south.  The marinas in Costa Rica have been designed for easy vessel access and for boat owners to enjoy their visit, whether short or long.  Top-notch facilities, wet slips, dry slips, fuel dock, full-time staff, full service amenities (electric, potable water), complimentary Wi-Fi.  Add this to the surrounding luxurious condos, fine shopping and exquisite array of natural attractions Costa Rica is so famous for!

Cruising North to South on the Pacific coast, the following marinas in Costa Rica are already in full operation:

  1. Marina Papagayo in Guanacaste, on the Nicoya Peninsula, 640 nautical miles northwest of the Panama Canal and a brief 30-minute ride from Costa Rica’s second international airport in Liberia, Daniel Oduber. Located outside the Four Seasons, they boast being Costa Rica's most luxurious marina. (
  2. Marina Los Sueños in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region, a luxurious marina just north of two famous surf destinations in the country: Jaco Beach and Playa Hermosa and one of the country's best Zipline Tours. (
  3. Marina Pez Vela, so far the newest addition to Costa Rica’s Pacific marinas, located in Quepos and just a skip away from the abundant wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park. (
  4. Banana Bay Marina in Golfito, on Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce and originally home to the Chiquita Banana Company, offers a well-developed town and full yacht services with rustic charm just north of Panama, on Costa Rica’s South Pacific. (
  5. The newest additiona is Isla Moin Resort & Marina on the Caribbean side filling the much needed gap of services between Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. (

While the following marinas in Costa Rica are planned for the near future and pending completion:

  • Marina El Coco on the Northwest Pacific.
  • Marina Bahia Escondida, Bahia Cocodrilo and Marina Gaviotas in the South Pacific region.
  • Royal Tortuguero Marina in Costa Rica’s Caribbean side.

Marinas in Costa Rica: Ready to Welcome You and Your Boat!With a national project totaling 21 marinas in Costa Rica in the foreseeable future, Costa Rica has a clear goal: to become a leader in the field or world class marinas.  Costa Rica is striving to be the largest receptor of vessels on the continent and position itself as a top destination for luxury boat owners attracted to the country’s world-class marinas alongside its pristine beaches, top notch sport fishing grounds and endless natural attractions.

If you will be arriving on your own vessel, it is very important to check all clearing requirements for your boat ahead of time.  Each marina has a “clearing procedure” segment on their websites and staff at your service to assist you with the process.  Some of the documentation required:

  • Certificate of registration/documentation
  • Cruising permit issued from the last port of call
  • Captain, crew and guest passports
  • Vessel item storage list (must be signed by the captain)
  • List of last five ports visited on the trip before arrival to Costa Rica (must be signed by the captain)
  • Power of attorney or maritime letter of authorization by the vessel owner to the vessel captain.

In addition to the aforementioned, if a foreign flagged vessel, you will also need to bring:

  • Zarpe from prior port
  • Temporary Importation Certificate
  • Boat insurance
  • Active fishing license (if applicable)
  • MOPT exoneration permit (if applicable)

For further information, you could check each marina’s requirement listings on their websites at:

Marina Papagayo.-

Marina Los Sueños.-

Marina Pez Vela.-

Whether you arrive by air, by land or choose to dock at one of Costa Rica’s state of the art marinas; Costa Rica is the place to be!

Last Modified: November 21, 2017 02:12 PM
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