For water seekers, sailing might be a good opportunity to observe Costa Rica from a different point of view-the ocean. Exclusive sailing trips leave the shores of Costa Rica numerous times each day. They provide a relaxing way to spend your day, evening or night. Your trip aboard will be an unforgettable experience that you can enjoy with family or friends. Time is quickly forgotten as the boat comes alive with touches of music, dancing, food, and laughter. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, as a few activities included on your trip might be snorkeling, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or sunbathing on a giant trampoline. Sightseeing is also a highlight for sailors who witness curious dolphins grazing the sides of the boat, and energetic whales waving hello and creating great splashes with their massive bodies. You may wish to end your day aboard one of these lovely vessels, watching a vibrant Pacific Ocean sunset.
If you are the captain of your vessel here is some useful information pertaining to you: you must obtain a cruising permit and will be granted a 90-day stay in Costa Rica. Clearance ports include the town of Playas del Coco, Puntarenas, Jaco, Quepos, and Golfito. There are several harbors that lie between El Coco and Nicaragua that some sailors may decide to visit. Fuel docks can be found in Puntarenas, Los Suenos Marina, and in Golfito. The Los Suenos Marina is the only government-sanctioned marina operating in Costa Rica. With its ability to berth 200 boats, it is the ultimate full service port for many luxury boats and yachts. Its location is south of the Golfo de Nicoya in Bahia Herradura. There are also several places in Puntarenas where vessels can be berthed in addition to the Banana Bay Marina in Golfito.