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 Costa Rica - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -6

Yachting Essentials

Electricity

Voltage: 120 V
Frequency: 60 Hz

Opening Hours

Normal government business hours are 08:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Money

Colon of 100 centimos.

Communications

International dialling code for Costa Rica is +506

Note: All Costa Rica numbers are now changed from 7 digits to 8. Land lines are preceeded by a 2, and cell phone by an 8. (2009)

Cell phone coverage in Costa Rica is on the global GPRS network. There is cell phone coverage in almost every corner of the country.

ICE (ee cee) is the government supplied utility company and very inexpensive. There are also competitors to ICE (such as Claro) who offer competitive packages. A cellular sim card will give you 400 texts for $1 and approx. $4 for voice and text and data for over 1 month. ICE provides excellent coverage all down the coast for
about $22 a month.

Last updated January 2015.

American Export Import
Tel:011 506 2430 9077 Fax:011 506 2430 6792
Recommended by cruisers if in need of boat parts. Contact Oswaldo Perez Torres. Warehouses in Miami, Florida and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Transport

The roads in Costa Rica are pretty good - much better than those of their neighbours to the north - and the public buses provide good access to most of the country.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Holy Week: most places are shut during the week, and everything closes from Friday to Saturday.

October: Costa Rica Yacht Club Regatta in Puntarenas, visiting yachts are welcome.

Emergencies

Police- emergency number is 911, or 2222-1365. Although they should have someone available who speaks English, it is not a given.
For the Judicial Police call 2222-1365 and 2221-5337.
For the Traffic Police (Policia de Transito), call 2222-9330 and 2222-9245.

Dial 113 for directory assistance and 124 for international directory assistance. Although only in Spanish, for the exact time dial 112.

Police Tel. 117 (127 outside cities).

Ambulance (west coast) Tel. 2221 5818.
Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Tel. 128.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Explore Central America - Part 2
Continually updated guides available in PDF, EPUB, MOBI. Go to www.svsarana.com

The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

Charlie's Chart of Costa Rica
By Margo Wood
Publisher: Charlie's Charts; 2nd edition (January 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0969726586
This is a guide for yachtsmen cruising the coast of Costa Rica. All anchorages and marina facilities are described with an accompanying sketch of the coastline. Information is provided giveing the location of shore facilities such as fuel stations, water, bakeries, grocery stores and hospitals. Beautiful color photographs of this unique coast are provided.

Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Publisher: Point Loma Publishing; 6.5 edition March 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0963847027
See www.MexicoBoating.com for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Update History

August 2016: Golfito outboard and dinghy thefts updated in security section following theft report by SY Sirena.
February 2016: Clearance & Immigration checked.
June 2015: Publications checked.
January 2015: Pet information updated from report on Yahoo Cruisers Network Online.
January 2015: Latest information for Isla del Coco updated via Island website. 
March 2014: Latest information for Isla del Coco from Yahoo Southbound Group. 
February 2014: Immigration and Clearance checked.
March 2013: Clearance fees from Dave Wyness of SY Cypraea.
January 2013: Customs updated with information about the Permisode Permanencia. Details confirmed by agent Ernesto Conejo.
November 2012: Permit information for Isla del Coco added to Documents from www.svsarana.com/guide with news of enforcement from Jan Klintegaard of SY Anaconda. Also clearance fees paid at Golfito.
February 2012: Information on fees charged from Arnstein Mustad of Mustad Marine Yacht Delivery.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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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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