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 Costa Rica - Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Isla del Coco
Whilst there are lovely hikes here and the scenery is spectacular, this is principally a dive destination. Application for a permit to visit Isla del Coco can only be made once you have arrived in Costa Rica as clearance papers are required. It is a complicated and lengthy procedure, especially if you do not speak Spanish.

For full details on how to apply for a permit read this Noonsite Report.

Golfito *

Marina Papagayo *

Playa Herradura

Playa de Coco *

Puntarenas *

Quepos *

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 09, 2017 11:52 AM

Posted on Women Who Sail Facebook Page
Re: Tropical Storm Nate - 5 October 2017
Here in Costa Rica we are being hit hard by Nate, and it's all about the flooding. Mudslides, bridges out, roads closed, six confirmed dead so far, 600 reportedly homeless, 5000 in shelters, houses sliding off mountains. We are moored up a tidal estuary in Puntarenas, and when the tide and the river are going the same way, it's pretty intense; lots of uprooted trees going by, or sometimes getting hung up on us. Costa Rica will recover, but it's going to be grim for Nicaragua.

jtregunna
jtregunna says:
Sep 28, 2016 01:05 AM

Just to update Paul's comment above. If you're a CR resident and your boat isn't registered in CR, the tax is not 85%. As of 2015, it's 69%. An official telling you it's a higher rate, it may have been changed, but as of 2016 it's still 69%. Still outrageous, but mildly better.

Paul Sommers
Paul Sommers says:
Mar 29, 2015 12:35 AM

Do not enter this country on your non-CR registered vessel if you are a CR resident (pensionado, rentista, etc.). CR Customs will hit you with the import tax at 85% of the value of the boat and the news that residentes are not allowed cruising permits. I was ordered to pay up or leave immediately when I asked for a cruising permit at Golfito in March 2015. I left!

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