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Entry into Costa Rica

March 07, 2011

Gene Horton

 

Chris Ellison, Captain on the yacht “Invader” was kind enough to pass this handy information along.

1. Copy of the Vessel’s Certificate of Documentation or Registration.

2. Copy of the Owner’s and Captain’s Passport.

3. Copy of the Crew List.

* Clearance into Costa Rica must be done in one of the following official ports of entry: Golfito, Quepos, Caldera, Puntarenas, Playa del Coco or Punta Morales. As the only government-sanctioned Marina in the country, Los Sueños Marina is also considered an official port of entry. However, you must contact an agent in advance in order to coordinate an official visit by the corresponding government authorities.

Following you will find important information concerning your entrance into Costa Rican waters and Los Sueños Marina. Please read it thoroughly and contact the Marina Office (tel. 011 506 2630 4200 or E-mail marina@lsrm.com) if you have questions. We would be happy to help you.

INITIAL ENTRY INTO COSTA RICA

Upon your initial entry into the country, you will receive a Temporary Permit for your boat, called the Certificado de Importación Temporal from the Ministry of Finance and Customs (in Spanish, Ministerio de Hacienda y Aduana). This permit is valid for three months. Renewals should be discussed with the marina office prior to the expiration date.

Local law prohibits non-Costa Rican flagged boats from operating as commercial charters.

Please be aware that government authorities are very strict in this regard, and officials make regular inspections of Los Sueños Marina.

Foreign vessels found chartering could be impounded.

Our recommended agent is Ernesto Andrade. His phone number is (506) 2661-0948 (office) or (506) 8811-7290 (cellular). E-mail: eandrade@ice.co.cr or paramares@hotmail.com

FISHING IN COSTA RICA

All boats are required by law to obtain a Costa Rican fishing license for sport fishing. A non- Costa Rican flagged vessel is prohibited from fishing for commercial purposes.

The documentation required by INCOPESCA (the Fishing Commission) is as follows:

1.            Customs temporary permit (original and copy).

2.            Certificate of Documentation/Registration of the boat (original and copy).

3.            If the owner of the boat is a corporation, a notarized document stating that the legal representative of the boat is the person whose name appears on the temporary permit.

4.            Passport (original and copy).

The originals are only presented to INCOPESCA so that they may verify their authenticity and are returned to the boater at the time of presentation.

A fishing license is issued to a boat for a one year term, regardless if the boat has a temporary 90-day permit or a two-year permit.

Fishing licenses are priced in accordance with the length of the boat:

A. Up to 10 meters:         $300.00

B. 10.01 meters to 15 meters:     $450.00

C. 15.01 meters to 20 meters:     $650.00

D. 20.01 meters and up:                $850.00

Any person on your boat who intends to fish must purchase an individual fishing license.

Your captain and crew must each have an individual license as well. This type of license costs $25.00. The person requesting such a license must present their passport at the time of purchase. Individual licenses can be purchased at the marina office.

LOS SUEÑOS MARINA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

1. Copy of the Boat’s Entry Documents

             Customs Temporary Permit (“Certificado de Importación Temporal”)*

             Float plan and agricultural inspection documents

2. Copy of the Boat’s Insurance Policy, which MUST include the Marina as an additional insured.

(Please see additional named insured’s listed below)

             All NON-COMMERCIAL users must have comprehensive, all-risk general liability insurance in the amount of not less than $300,000 from an insurer with no less than a Best “A” rating. Please provide the marina office with the insurance information prior to the vessel’s arrival at the marina.

             All COMMERCIAL users must provide the following proof of insurance:

Vessels carrying 6 or fewer passengers require comprehensive “all risk” general liability insurance for commercial marine activities engaged in by User in a combined single limit of not less than U.S. Hundred

Three Thousand Dollars ($300,000) and an annual aggregate limitation of not less than U.S. Three Hundred Thousand dollars ($300,000) from an insurer with not less than a Best “A” Rating.

             Vessels carrying 7 to up to 14 passengers require comprehensive “all risk” general liability insurance for commercial marine activities engaged in by User in a combined single limit of not less than U.S Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) and an annual aggregate limitation of not less than U.S One Million dollars (1,000,000) from an insurer with not less than a Best “A” Rating.

             Vessels carrying over 14 passengers require comprehensive “all risk” general liability insurance for commercial marine activities engaged in by User in a combined single limit of not less than U.S One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) and an annual aggregate of not less than U.S Five Million dollars ($5,000,000) from an insurer with not less than Best “A” Rating. Vessels carrying over 14 passengers are also required to pay a fee of $10.00 for

every passenger aboard the vessel. Please contact our Marina Office for further information.

Liability Insurance

ADDITIONAL NAMED INSUREDS

(1) El Sueño Resort, a Delaware Limited Liability Company

Los Sueños Resort and Marina

Corporate Office, Marina Village

Bahia Herradura, Puntarenas

Costa Rica

Attention: Jacobo Alter, Associate General Counsel

(2) Guapizul, Ltda., a Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada

Los Sueños Resort and Marina

Marina Los Sueños, Marina Village,

Bahia Herradura, Puntarenas

Costa Rica

Attention: William G. Kirby, Director of Marina Operations

(3) Marina de Herradura, S.A., a Sociedad Anonima under the laws of Costa Rica

Post Office Box 5684

  Chris Ellison is the current captain on a one hundred sixty-five foot yacht.