Tips for Sailing in Costa Rica

With three beautiful coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and one on the Caribbean, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for an extended getaway. If you are ready to experience pura vida, this guide to sailing in Costa Rica will help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.


Before you leave, be sure you have all the required paperwork in order and stored safely. You will need a passport with an appropriate visa, and cruising permits for each port you plan to visit.


Boaters insurance is crucial to your peace of mind while you are away. If you are struck by another vessel or your boat is damaged in the high winds common between December and March, you will be happy to have an insurance agent you can reach by phone that will help take care of the situation for you.


The money used in Costa Rica is the colon, and the exchange rate usually hovers between 500 to 600 colons to one U.S. dollar. Some experienced travelers advise paying for items with small U.S. bills and receiving colons in change or withdrawing colons directly from A.T.M.s.

By planning ahead, you can make the most of the 3 months you are allowed as a tourist in this amazing country.