Originally Posted by Ecos
There are boats living in Puntarenas. There are several marinas and a boat yard. These are not the slick Sport fishing
boat marinas. One has a bunch of single
floating docks out in the river. The whole gulf is a mini cruising ground. You don't need to go to sea. You can anchor
out all over the place. Puntarenas kinda sucks, but not far inland are better places and the bus.
That is good to hear because a few years ago there was really one marina operating, that was at the Hotel
Puerto Azul. It was nice and we stayed for month and enjoyed the town and pool. The price
was reasonable, we paid $475. The river is shallow and somewhat tortuous, and there was only one berth in the marina in which we could float, and that only because some other boat had dug it out with their keel
Across the river there is a boat yard but not really any berths there.
Another marina, the Yacht Club, not operating just up the river past Puerto Azul, there were some boats tied up there but no one in any of the buildings or offices. There are half a dozen floats in the river each with two boats tied to them.
And perhaps one more marina was being planned between these two, but no sign of it when we were there.
There were no other liveaboards in either the marina or the nearby locations that we could detect. There was nobody at Puerto Azul, hotel
guest or marina tenant.
image from Apr 2019 looks about the same.
That being said, we enjoyed our month at Puerto Azul in Punt arenas. It was quiet, the town was nice, the stores good, and it was a good base for touring Costa Rica
. There are some good cruising spots nearby but the Gulf of Nicoya is limited due to shallows near most shorelines. It would be worth exploring however.
I think I'd get bored living there for lack of social.