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Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon

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Description

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, both at anchor and on the dock. Whilst to date no cruising yachts have been targeted, visitors should be wary.

Clearing in: No agent is required for clearance. Call Limon Port Control on VHF Channel 14 and 16 to clear in and out of Costa Rica. Port Control will make arrangements for the six government agencies to come out to your vessel at the same time. The six agency representatives include Immigrations, Port Authority, Harbour Master, Health Department, Vegetable Quarantine official, and Meat Quarantine official.
Multiple copies of documents are required: 5 copies of passports; 3 copies of crew list; 2 copies of the ship’s papers and a zarpe from your last port. Declare guns, ammunition, illegal drugs, foods, pets, spear guns/slings, etc.

Clearing out: Call Limon Port Control to make arrangements to clear out. Port Control will make arrangements with Customs, Immigration, and the Harbour Master to meet you for the completion of paperwork.

Phone: +506 705 4747
Fax: +506 795 0728

Entering the harbour is straight forward. There is plenty of deep water to the north, east and southeast of the commercial harbour. The only offshore concern to navigation is Isla Uvita which is a small, easy-to-see, island northeast of the commercial harbour.

The Port Authorities and Harbour Master do not recommend anchoring south of Pier 5 (numbering the commercial piers from N to S), for four reasons.
1. This small anchorage area is close to the Rio Cieneguita, a river which is used by numerous high speed fishing boats.
2. The Rio Cieneguita and city of Cieneguita are high risk security areas for visitors.
3. There are at least four sunk vessels in the area (2 near shore, 1 just south of Pier 5, and 1 southeast of the red buoy marking the approach to the Rio Cieneguita.
4. This anchorage area is 16 feet deep with good holding, yet this corner of the harbor is typically exposed to more wind, waves, and swell.

+506 795 4747
+506 795 4747
+506 795 4747
+506 795 4747
+506 795 4747
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82nm
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82nm
185°
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75nm
243°
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98nm
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160nm
284°
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Puerto Cristobal (Panama Caribbean)

188nm
101°
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Puerto Colon (Panama Caribbean)

188nm
101°
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Local Area

Costa Rica (Caribbean coast)

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