Opening in April of a New Marina in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s QUEPOS In April, a brand-new marina close to Quepos is scheduled to open, bringing much-needed boating amenities to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

More than 300 slips, with lengths ranging from 35 to 200 feet, dry storage facilities, a full-service boatyard, and 200 residential units will eventually be a part of the 55-acre Marina Pez Vela project. 100 slips are available in the first phase, which launches next month. A wet slip costs $175,000 in total.

Costa Rica has relatively few boating options for a tropical nation with a beautiful coastline known for its fishing. The opulent Penninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, in northern Costa Rica, opened its own marina last year, the first of its kind to serve super-yachts.

It is challenging to construct anything along Costa Rica’s coastline, let alone a marina, due to stringent environmental regulations. The Quepos project, which is only a few miles from Manual Antonio National Park, was the first one to be started in accordance with the regulations of a law that the government had approved to hasten marina development. In 1998, that law was enacted.

The Marina Pez Vela project, which has been under development for more than ten years, is more driven by the demand for slips than by the residential component.

Phil Bronstien, a partner in the project, said in an interview a few months ago that “it’s a marina development that will ultimately have residential, rather than a residential development that threw in some docks.”