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Costa Rica (Pacific coast)

Costa Rica (Pacific coast)

Characteristics

Description

Costa Rica, officially the "Republic of Costa Rica", is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.

The beautiful Isla del Coco, situated 532 km from the Costa Rican coast in the Pacific Ocean, is a National Park and sought-after diving paradise. A permit is required to visit which must be applied for after arriving in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica now employs a force know as the Policia Turistica who keep a serious eye out that tourists are well protected and assisted as petty theft is very common here. As with all South America countries, keep your valuables under lock and key and padlock or secure down below any valuable loose items on deck. Cruisers who have visited recommend not leaving your boat unattended at night.

Take maximum precautions. Lock your outboard and dinghy at all times with a big chain so thieves cannot just cut the cables and pry things off with crowbars.

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is drier, while the Atlantic coast has heavy rainfall. Both coasts are hot and humid. December to April are the dry months, while May to November are wet, hot and humid. The east coast is under the influence of the NE trade winds during the winter months, but the west coast has light winds and often calms. Costa Rica is rarely affected by tropical storms.


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Sites around Costa Rica (Pacific coast)
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Cocos Island (Costa Rica)

Cocos Island (Spanish: Isla del Coco) is an island located off the shore of Costa Rica. Surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, it is admired by scuba divers for its populations of Hammerhead sharks, rays and dolphins. The island was declared a National Park by means of Executive ...
19 Dec 15

Playa del Coco (Costa Rica)

Coco Beach (Playa del Coco) is well known for its popularity with Costa Rica's youth. It is a small beach town in Guanacaste province, on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.The bay provides some protection from the Papagayos, but the winds still can overwhelm the area.
19 Dec 15

Marina Papagayo (Costa Rica)

The northernmost point of entry to Costa Rica is situated on Guanacaste's Gold Coast. The International airport is less than an hour's drive from the marina. Situated below the hurricane belt and sheltered from the easterly trade winds of Papagayo, this marina should offer a safe ...
19 Dec 15

Los Suenos marina (Costa Rica)

This marina is part of the Los Suenos Resort and is a good place to use a base for exploring the rest of the country.
A range of services are available, with further plans to include repair facilities, chandlery, shops, and clearance facilities. Services include cable TV, telephone, ...
18 Dec 15

Puntarenas Yacht Club (Costa Rica)

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, ...
19 Dec 15

Puerto Quepos (Costa Rica)

This popular town lies in the centre of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It is an attractive resort with excellent beaches.Quepos harbor is a fishing port and a port of entry. Clearance is available at the Marina Pez Vela but the officials are not based at the port and have to travel ...
19 Dec 15

Pez Vela marina (Costa Rica)

This is a huge marina with good clean facilities and security and helpful staff.Tel: +506 2774 9000
19 Dec 15

Fish Hook marina (Costa Rica)

Fish Hook Marina & Lodge is located at the edge of the beautiful tropical rainforest of Golfito, in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica and just north of Panama. It is also the official point of entry and exit for Costa Rica.It offers a marina with 20 Slips for ...
18 Dec 15

Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)

Located just north of the Panama canal, Golfito is a convenient and very attractive port at which to clear in or out of Costa Rica. The Banana Bay Marina has a fuel dock with very easy access and helpful staff. Outboard and dinghy theft is a problem in Golfito however and cruisers ...
18 Dec 15

Banana bay marina (Costa Rica)

Located at the edge of a beautiful tropical rainforest in the city of Golfito, Banana Bay Marina sit in a natural, deep draft gulf offering an excellent protection from the swells of the Pacific Ocean.
Separated from the Open Pacific Coast, this gulf, names Golfo ...
18 Dec 15

Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon has a privileged location in the Caribbean coast, due to its proximity to the Panama Canal, Gulf of Mexico, and southern United States.Puerto Limón, on the Caribbean side, is the main port of Costa Rica. During 2011 a number of ships were robbed at gunpoint in the harbour, ...
20 Dec 15

El Bluff

Small port.
28 Apr 11

Taboga island (Panama Pacific coast)

Taboga island, also known as the "Island of Flowers", is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama, about 20 km from Panama city.At low tide, the northern end of the island is joined by a sand bar to the small island of El Morro, and the southeastern end is 270 meters from the neighboring ...
21 Dec 15

La Playita anchorage (Panama)

Located outside the breakwater of the La Playita Marina, on the south side of The Causeway.
The anchorage here is protected from strong winds and waves from the north and east, yet you are continuously exposed to the wake of transiting canal vessels and their related work boats ...
20 Dec 15

Taboga anchorage (Panama)

Located 6 miles S of La Playita.
There are moorings for rent on both sides of the long touristic pontoon.
At low tide and during the week the beach is wide and nice, but at high tide it becomes small and dirty, especially on Saturday and Sunday, when hundreds of local tourists ...
27 Dec 15

Balboa Yacht Club (Panama)

Balboa Yacht Club is south of the Balboa Commercial Port and close to the Bridge of the Americas.Phone: +507 228 5196 CAUTION: When approaching from the south, do not turn into the mooring field until you are past buoy 14.5. There is a large sandbar stretching across the south end ...
21 Dec 15

Balboa Harbor (Panama Pacific coast)

Balboa has been said by many to be "cruiser-unfriendly" with regards to safe moorings. For those transiting the Canal from Colon and arriving in Balboa at 0300, this may well be true. Finding a mooring field or safe place to anchor in the dark is difficult here and the marinas ...
21 Dec 15

Las Brisas anchorage (Panama)

Las Brisas anchorage is located NW of isla Perica, on the causeway.This anchorage tends to be used during the rainy season (April­December) due to prevailing S/SE winds. It can be quite rough during the dry season due to N/NE gap winds. During the rainy seaon expect frequent, sudden ...
21 Dec 15

Flamenco marina (Panama)

Located at the end of the The Causeway. Although mostly occupied by local boats, there is some pier space available for visitors at this full service marina.
No advance bookings possible. This marina suffers from surge and is expensive. Phone: 011-507-314-1980Water, fuel ...
21 Dec 15

Puerto Cristobal (Panama Caribbean)

Puerto de Cristobal is a large harbour located on the Caribbean sea, near Cristobal (town in Colon, a province of Panama), on the continent of North America.Two long breakwaters have converted the entire bay into a safe anchorage, protecting shipping in Cristobal harbor from strong ...
28 Dec 15

Puerto Colon (Panama Caribbean)

Colon is unattractive and is part of a large commercial harbor, however offers a useful center for cruisers and the Panama Canal Yacht Club (PCYC) is a good refuge. The place grows on you! The local people are friendly and helpful.
Anchorage:
The designated yacht anchorage at ...
28 Dec 15

Malpelo island

Isla Malpelo is located at approximately N 3º59' W 81º36' (about 235 miles/378 km from the Columbian coast and 225 miles/362 km from Panama).
Malpelo is a world class dive spot on par with Cocos with clear water and tons of fish and sharks. Divers often see 100's of sharks ...
7 Jan 16

Puerto Este

1 Jan 70

Acajutla

Small port protected by a breakwater.
21 May 11
Local Area

NE Pacific Ocean

WindsWinds and currents in the Pacific flow predominantly from East to West. Above the equator Pacific Ocean trade winds blow from the northeast. Below the equator they blow from the southeast. By taking advantage of the different (north and south) directions of the east-flowing winds, ...
25 Oct 17

Nicaragua

1 Jan 70

Panama (Pacific coast)

Panama is the southernmost country of Central America. Situated on an isthmus, some categorize it as a transcontinental nation connecting the north and south part of America. It borders Costa Rica to the north-west, Colombia to the south-east, the Caribbean Sea to the north and ...
20 Dec 15

El Salvador

1 Jan 70

Colombia (Pacific coast)

Lying to the south of Panama, Colombia Pacific coast is surrounded by Venezuela to the east, Ecuador and Peru to the south west.

Security:
Security in Colombia has improved steadily over the 2006-2008 time-frame; however, greed, corruption, drugs, and guerrillas all have ...
7 Jan 16

Guatemala

1 Jan 70
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