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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 *

* indicates port of entry

Suzy Carmody
Suzy Carmody says:
Jul 10, 2018 09:19 PM

Hi from Distant Drummer

We’ve just been through the process of getting a permit for Isla del Coco and thought it was worth sharing the “latest” information.

You can download the forms from www. isladelcoco.go.cr
Fill in the application form for entry to PNIC and deliver it or send it to the Director of the ACMIC at the address below. Allow a minimum of 15 days prior to the date of expected arrival in PNIC.
Área de Conservación Marina Cocos
Parque Ecológico SINAC
Santo Domingo de Heredia (antiguo Inbio Parque)

The form must be sent with a cover letter giving the following additional information:
1. Full name, gender, passport number, nationality, date of birth for each person
2. Diving certification number of each diver
3. Itinerary of the activities planned in PNIC for each day of the visit including the number of persons carrying out each activity
Support documents:
1. Certified copies of passports for each person
2. Certified copy of certification of seaworthiness or equivalent documents which specify the range of the vessel *
3. Evidence of permission to operate in Costa Rican waters. We submitted copies of our Zarpe and our Certificate of Temporary Importation
4. An affadavit stating that the vessel complies with the following requirements:
a) effective systems for handling emergencies
b) a holding tank for sanitary waste
c) a radio with marine frequencies
5. If you are planning on diving an affadavit stating that if the vessel meets the following requirements:
a) a life vest for each passenger
b) equipment necessary for a marine rescue
* We did not have a “Certificate of Seaworthiness” so we included in the affadavit a statement outlining our sailing experience on board Distant Drummer. We included certified copies of our arrival documents in French Polynesia and Hawaii to demonstrate nautical miles covered.
Notes:
They ask for an address or fax number to receive notifications but you can use an email address if you prefer.
If you deliver the documents to their office by hand they will want to see the original copies of all the support documents. If you are sending the application in by mail you will need to get all the support documents certified.
Make sure you clearly understand the fees as they are pretty high and stack up quickly. The document explaining the tarriffs is Decreto Tarifas ASP - No. 38295.pdf and is 25 pages of Spanish. Read the parts about Isla del Coco (PNIC). In summary for us:
• Admission: $50 per person per day
• Anchoring for vessel <15m: $40 per day
• Snorkelling: $10 per person per day
• Diving: sorry – not sure about this but there will be a fee
A very good contact for information and questions is Johanning Corrales Vega ([email protected]). He answers emails promptly and completely and was very helpful to us.
Hope this is useful
Suzy Carmody
S/V Distant Drummer
www.carmody-clan.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 14, 2017 10:51 AM

Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Diver Killed by Tiger Shark
As reported by https://scubadiverlife.com
On Thursday, Nov. 30, a tiger shark at Cocos Island, Costa Rica bit and killed a diver and injured the instructor she was diving with while they were awaiting pickup from their liveaboard’s skiff. This is the first fatal attack to ever happen in the area.

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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