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post #4 of Old 12-18-2003
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Pacific Coast - Central America Ports?

Guatemala, Pacific Side. Pto Quetzal, a navy base. You can check into the country there. Very secure. We left the boat and rented a car and traveled inland for a week.
El Salvador, Bahia Del Sol or Barillas. They both have websites. Sol is free anchorage and easy bus access for provisioning. Barillas is VERY isolated but first class. Both are very secure. Fonseca...there is a new marina in Nicargua there. Try listening to to the Pan Pacific Net, 8135 I think, local time 8 am? Costa Rica, great anchorages before Puntarenas. Near Puntarenas, anchor at Playa Naranja or Isla Jesuita, close to the ferries that go to Puntarenas. You can anchor in the river at Puntarenas, but is NOT safe to leave your boat unattended. Check out Costa Rica Yacht Club, there. Avoid hauling out there if you can. Equipment is unsafe, manager unscrupulous, even though he seems like a prince. From there south, watch for the SW swell, and signifiant tidal changes, can be more than 6 feet. Bahia Drake is must do, you can do day trip to Isla Cano. Pass on Armueles, Golfito is worth the visit if for nothing other than buying rum at the duty free store. Places there too anchor for free. More info? Send me an email. Oh, very important is that the best rum by far is Flor de Cano, made in Nicargua. The four year aged is a bargain at about $5 a bottle. Enjoy your adventure!
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