1.) Marina Pez Vela in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala has a nice fuel dock
, reliable diesel
, except it's crazy crowded when a sportfishing tournament is in town. Port clearance fees
are highest in CentAm.
2.) In El Salvador, both Bahia
del Sol and Barillas Marina have fuel docks for yachts, both bays requiring a guide panga to lead you in over the bar in daylight hours. The El Salvador Cruisers Rally at Bahia
del Sol runs March 15 - May 5 or 15, so lots of parties and crowded anchorage, few slips. Barillas Marina (Texaco dock) is quieter and more secure, but has moorings only. In many years of delivering power boats coast to coast, we usually prefer Barillas (pronounced bah-REE-us
) for a fuel stop.
3.) In Nicaragua
, only Marina Puesta del Sol has a floating fuel dock
for yachts. It has been a nice safe stop for yatistas for 10 years. The supposed marina in nearby Corinto is not happening yet.
4.) At the north end of Costa Rica
, Marina Papagayo has a 300 foot floating fuel dock inside the marina breakwaters, mucho spensive but very nice marina in the pristine jungle. The rest of Costa Rica has several fuel stops, but that's getting pretty close to your Golfito destination
. BTW: you can schedule fuel from a sportfishing "mother ship" off Isla Cebaco off the NW coast of Panama
to the canal.
: the Central American Route" covers all this, but sorry we're sold out until the new 7th edition comes out this spring. I hope this helps you plan your itinerary in the meantime.