Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19 Position Report

Las Suenos, Costa Rica
Anchored out awaiting customs and immigration.

Good morning,

Yesterday and last night were beautiful.  The full moon made this trip a real pleasure.  We have never enjoyed a motoring trip more.  It was great to be able to sit at the table and eat a meal without everything flying about.

We arrived at 7:30am local time and discovered that they would not even take our lines at the fuel dock until we had cleared with customs and immigration.  Apparently we were supposed to do that in Golfito, when sailing north from Panama.  We are now anchored out, having sent all of our paperwork in.  They may not actually be able to clear us in until Monday because of the holiday and we are not allowed off our boat until we are cleared in.

The marina is $3.50 per foot per day = $170. Per night plus tax, so it's pretty close to $200. Per night... Obviously that will not be happening so once we clear in and get fuel we will spend one night at the marina so we can clean up the boat, take showers etc, then Beck will fly out and the kids and I will do some exploring, anchoring out.

In the end, we will spend more here than if we had gone to the Galapagos but Rebecca will be able to be with her Grandma for a week at this crucial time.

Wandering Dolphin in Costa Rica


  1. Hey guys, welcome to CR! I just came across your blog post doing a search for "Sailing Costa Rica" on google for results within the last 24 hours & you came up. My wife & I were living aboard & cruising for a few years until she got pregnant, & then we sold our boat & moved here to CR to have our baby. Our blog was

    I'll be teaching sailing in a kids sailing class all week at los suenos ( in a small fleet of optis, so if you are around, please swing by and say Hi. I'd be happy to help if you need a ride to the supermarket or town, etc.

    All the best,
    Captain Kris

  2. Chris! Wow! That is so cool! We are in the marina at Los Suenos tonight and tomorrow then we will be anchored out again. Would love to meet you guys and get some advice about the area, my wife has to fly out for a family emergency on Tuesday so it will just be the kids and I. Our Facebook page is Wandering Dolphin if you're on FB. We only get Internet by coming up to the coffee shop here but our boat is about the only sailboat on A dock if you wanna come by!