The Marina Papagayo is only minutes away from the property. Within in a 25 –mile radius of the marina, yachts enjoy some of the best cruising in Costa Rica. If you wish to savor nature’s solitude, head to a quiet cove all to yourself, with jungle growing down to the waterline; listen to the howler monkeys serenade in the trees. Bahia Culebra is the largest and most sheltered bay in northern Costa Rica; scattered around Bahia Culebra, you’ll find ample cruising locales, some with villages and cantinas ashore, some totally pristine and uninhabited. Bahia Potrero to the south is another comfortable stretch of water with lots of options. To the north, Bahia Santa Elena affords spectacular scenery of Santa Rosa National Park.
Northern Costa Rica lies safely south of the hurricane belt, so all year round it is safe from cyclonic storms. During dry season (December through May) the Papagayo winds blow off the land, creating a sheltering lee close to shore, where seas lie flat, great for yachting activities. During wet season (June or July through October or November), south winds and swells affect only a few areas within the vicinity.
More than 100 small get aways line the shores and islands of northern Costa Rica, between Tamarindo Sea Turtle Preserve and the marina, up to the Murcielagos (Bat) Island archipelago and the Bolanos Islands. The fishing, diving and coastal beauty is best enjoyed with full sun, perfect for a day voyage to enjoy lunch on the hook. Depending on your boat’s speed, it’s usually easy to move from the marina to a nearby solitude and return to the marina the same day.
Guanacaste is an excellent destination for sport fishing. A perfect balance of warm tropical waters is home to a great amount of marine fauna. The Guanacaste peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the most productive fishing grounds for billfish in the world. Playa Flamingo is the center for sport fishing in the pacific north. There are also boats located in Coco, Tamarindo, Ocotal, Potrero, Brasilito and some middle points.
A little further south, some vessels navigate towards Cabo Blanco, leaving from Nosara, Garza, Samara and Carrillo, a well protected region with winds blowing from December until April in the central pacific.
- Marlin. October is the peak month for the Marlin. Action is also possible in September or November with other species available anytime of the year. In the southern pacific, marlin peaks from August through December.
- Sailfish. During migration north, from Mid December and the end of April, is the best time to catch sailfish or “picudo”. The peak comes back again between August and September.
- Tuna. The season peaks from August through October.
- Dorado. The most abundant season begins with the winter rains from the end of May though October. Dorado is commonly known as the dolphin.