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Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)

Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)

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Description

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 should take maximum precautions to secure their hardware.

On arrival, hoist the Q flag and call Base Naval (Naval Base) on Channel 16. The captain will be required to give his name and passport number, the vessel's name and registration number, the name of the last port, and zarpe number.

Normally boats are directed to the quarantine area, near the commercial dock. Immigration, customs, quarantine and port officials normally visit the boat, or the captain has to go ashore to complete formalities.

From cruisers are that calling on Channel 16 may well not produce an answer and going ashore is the only option for clearance.

Boats that have already cleared into Costa Rica at another port must visit the port captain's office to present their zarpe.
On departure visit the Capitania for a national or international zarpe

This is a useful port of call and good for repairs and provisioning. There are no haul-out facilities here. The nearest are in Punta Arenas in Gulfo Nicoya.


Be extra carefull in Golfito to lock you motor and dinghy and do so with extra due dilligence. Use a big chain so thieves cannot just cut the cables and pry things off with crowbars.

18/12/2015
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Joëlle
Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)
18/12/2015
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Sites around Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)
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Fish Hook marina (Costa Rica)

0.1nm
285°
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

Banana bay marina (Costa Rica)

0.1nm
307°
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

82nm
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

Puerto Quepos (Costa Rica)

77nm
308°
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)

77nm
308°
This is a huge marina with good clean facilities and security and helpful staff.Tel: +506 2774 9000
19 Dec 15

Los Suenos marina (Costa Rica)

108nm
304°
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)

127nm
309°
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

Taboga island (Panama Pacific coast)

213nm
87°
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)

207nm
85°
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)

213nm
87°
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)

213nm
84°
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)

213nm
84°
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
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