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 Costa Rica - Profile

Facts

  • Costa Rica has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the latter being the more attractive for cruising.
  • The hilly interior and attractive capital San José can be visited from either Puntarenas or Limón. There are active volcanos, cloud forests, hot springs and an abundance of national parks.
  • The marina which is part of the Los Suenos Resort, a luxury development at Herradura, in the eastern part of the Gulf of Nicoya, is a good base from which to explore the country.
  • Compared to Panama and Mexico, Costa Rica is expensive. Diesel, marina fees and provisions can be costly.

Security

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 with all South America countries, keep your valuables under lock and key and padlock or secure down below any valuable loose items on deck.

Golfito has a problem with outboard theft. 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.

Free Cruising Guides have completed the Caribbean Security Index (CSI) review of 2013 and updated the country ratings. The latest update of the CSI contains new information that may be important to you to “route around crime.”
See this report athttp://www.noonsite.com/General/Piracy/caribbean-crime-caribbean-security-index-csi-review-of-2013

Last updated February 2014.

Weather

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.

Costa Rica Weather Forecast

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Main Ports

Atlantic Coast: Puerto Limon *

Pacific Coast: Golfito * , Marina Papagayo * , Playa Herradura , Playa de Coco * , Puntarenas * , Quepos *

* indicates port of entry

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