Marinas in Costa Rica

Artist impression of the now abandoned marina project Bahia Escondida, Golfito

The oldest marina in Costa Rica is the Los Sueños Marina, located at Herradura Bay, north of Jacó with 200 births. In 1994, another operating marina Playa Flamingo, south of Coco in Guanacaste, was closed for environmental violations, it is unlikely to be reopened soon.

In 2009, Papagayo Marina at Playa Culebra in Guanacaste with 350 births was opened, see fotos below.

First completed phase of Papagayo Marina

A third marina, Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos ( with 308 births, has opened in 2010.

In the small Golfito Bay are/were planned no less than four marinas:

In the Golfo Dulce two other marinas are being planned:

Other marinas in other parts of Costa Rica are:

Reasons for concern and caution about marinas are following:

The existing Marinas Law No. 7744 of 1997 is currently being revised. Minimum requirements for the constructions will be imposed, terms of approval procedures are shortenend, a coastal zoning plan must be in place, etc. In November, 2009 legislators who disagree with the new proposals (the political party Frente Amplio and some PAC members) have been succesful in obtaining for the second time a rejection by the Constitutional Court (Sala IV), this time on grounds that the draft law lacks a provision that the Government environmental watchdog SETENA must approve environmental impact statements (e.i.s) for new marina projects.