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Puntarenas Yacht Club (Costa Rica)

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Puntarenas Yacht Club (Costa Rica)

Characteristics

Description

Puntarenas lies along a peninsula 5 miles long but only 600 metres at its widest point, narrowing to less than a 100 metres at some points.

Located in the calm waters of Puntarenas Estuary the Yacht Club offers natural protection fro the ships.

This is primarily a fishing port, and as such can be a little rough, however a new resort/marina opened at the end of 2008 which has improved docking conditions considerably. There are good services here.

The estuary leading to the yacht club is continuing to silt up, and it is necessary to enter near high tide. Entry and exit even during high water springs are a challenge to vessels drawing more than six feet.

Clearance:

Call the International Port Authorities in Caldera on VHF Channel 16. Anchor or pick up a buoy in front of the fishing port, inside the mangroves. Wait to be boarded. After this international clearance, the zarpe can be obtained from the National Port Authorities whose office is behind the fishing port.

It is now not always possible to obtain clearance through the yacht club (CRY).

Phone (506) 2661-0784, (506) 2661-2260, (506) 2661-0985
Fax (506) 2661-2518 P.O.
Box 151- Zip Code 5400
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Docking:

The current in the estuary runs at several knots, so take care docking and tie your boat securely. Long term anchoring is not recommended, there is really no good dinghy access and the shoreline is rough and dirty, with quite a few alligators.

Entry and exit into the marina, even during high water springs, are a challenge to vessels drawing more than six feet. The pontoons are very short in length and are subject to strong tidal flow. A number of slips are restricted in use by the positioning of steel pylons reducing stern to mooring availability. There is limited slip space for deeper keeled vessels.

This marina cannot legally provide long term accommodation to foreign flagged vessels with a Permisode Permanencia.

19/12/2015
Update
Joëlle
Puntarenas Yacht Club (Costa Rica)
19/12/2015
Update
Joëlle
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