We are currently cruising the west coast
of Costa Rica
It is very simple and requires no real advanced preparation. Visas and boat import
permits are issued at your Port of Entry (About $200 US). 90 days is the rule
, but you can get the import permit
for your boat
extended to 2 years. You on he other hand have to leave the country every 90 days.
While cruising here you are issued a "National Zarpe", which has to be re-issued when you check in with Port Captains along your various stops, although not every Port has a Port Captain
and no more fees
The only shocker to use was the difference in prices goiing from Mexico
, El Salvador, Nicaragua
and then moving into the higher priced Costa Rica...
If you use marinas
, expect to pay about $2-4 US a foot. Fuel
is currently about $4.50 per gallon, which compared to the US is reasonable, but to Mexico
is very high.
There are a number of cruising guides
on the subject, including Pat Raines's Central American Cruising Guide and an online guide made by Eric and Sherell of www.SVSarana.com
. There are a number of others, but these seem to have the most up to date infomration.
The other information I would point you to is the "Southbound" Yahoo Group, which focuses on Mexico and Central Amercia. With over 1200 members, these are the answer people for all things on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Central Amercia