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“Snobby, Exclusive and Empty!”
Review of Marina Papagayo

Marina Papagayo
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

This marina is famous for being snotty, difficult and bloody empty. If exclusiveness means a boring scene with indifferent management and a ridiculous attitude to boaters then they fit the ticket perfectly. There are few marinas on the Pacific coast of CR so if these guys are failing so badly it must be for a reason. The majority of slips are empty as few local (gringos included) boater are welcome. This makes for a quiet backwater with great infrastructure but poor customer service. Obviously the mega rich that own this place do not want the great unwashed to visit - they have succeeded as it must be a tax write off.
The Dive bar food is OK, the atmosphere a little severe however the Tico staff are great, and do try to make-up for poor management.
This place could be an amazing destination if the owners woke-up and realized that a busy, buzzing marina is actually a fun place to be and a no-brainer on the Guanacaste coast.
Visit if you HAVE to, but move on ASAP.

9  Thank DorisPlayaHermosa
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Sailing into Marina Papagayo this past January we were welcomed to this facility on the radio by management and immediately taken care of ... this was only the beginning of an incredible stay here for the past 3 months.

Our sailing adventures have taken us to France, Greece, Turkey, Bahamas, Belize, Central America down the entire chain of the Caribbean Islands, thru the Panama Canal and landed us here ... I will tell you this ... MARINA PAPAGAYO is the BEST marina we have stayed at.

We felt SAFE and SECURE ... which to us was absolutely a must! We left our boat in the hands of the management as we went home for a couple of weeks and then had extended land trips here in Costa Rica - we never thought twice about the care that they would give our "floating home."

Not only that - but this marina we found had great "value" as most of the other marinas in Costa Rica are more expensive with less security and amenities.

The marina facilities are absolutely immaculate ... from the docks, to the shower facilities, laundry room, swimming pool, gym, chandlery, fueling station ... everything is under constant care and grooming!

Now for the staff ... it didn't matter who you spoke to - they all greet you and SMILE! Besides that, if we needed anything - they were right on to give a helping hand .. the dock staff was available to our needs within minutes every time we asked for help. They did a super job at detailing our boat - a real treat for SV Companion and us after many months of wear and tear.

The Dive Bar that is the marina restaurant is great - a fantastic happy hour between 5 and 7 every night plus great little daily specials - there staff is also super!

There is no doubt in our minds that this is a FIVE STAR MARINA that not only takes care of the mega yachts but us "little guys" - the regular cruisers. We have had a lot of family and visitors come during our stay here as this marina is close and easy to get to from the International Airport in Liberia ... just a 35 minute shuttle ride away.

If you have any question about mooring here - do not hesitate -
Dan Eaffaldano, The Marina Operations Manager will help you handle everything - just give him a call or email - he answers quickly and with sound advise.
direct phone number +50626903602

It is with bittersweetness that we are leaving this facility as we continue on our adventure - but knowing one day that we will return to the Guanacasta Region and Marina Papagayo.

Thank you for sharing Costa Rica with us!

Kim and Dale
SV/ Companion

2  Thank Kim O
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We have been here for a month. The people here are great and go out of their way to help in any way they can. The place is clean, extra wide docks, clean pool, gym, tv room with pool table, a laundry room where you can actually do your own laundry, the water on the docks is potable and there are great private bathrooms with huge showers and plenty of hot water. The on site restaurant has very good food with a friendly staff. We left our boat for a week to do a land trip and the staff looked after it for us at no additional charge. We feel perfectly safe here and would not hesitate to leave our boat here for an extended amount of time. The entrance to the marina was a bit hard to see but we trusted the red and green buoys and found the opening just fine. Dock hands met us to catch our lines as well as the manager who made the necessary call to start the process of checking into the country. We used an agent they recommended, she was friendly and made the process completely painless. Everything was handled on our boat except the adwana which she drove us to. Afterwards she even took us to the bank and a grocery store. Our entire experience here has been 5 star.
s/v Life Is Good

Thank Joyce R
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We have sailed from California to Galapagos over the past 24-month and have visited first hand the Marinas on the Pacific side of this route. Marina Papagayo is the best we have seen to date.
Completed in 2009 the marina is located in the Guanacaste Province in Northern Costa Rica 10.38’N- 85.39’W.
The place in kept immaculate and the dock staff is on hand to take care of everything you need with a friendly smile.
The whole process from checking into Costa Rica, immigration and cruising permits can be coordinated through the Marina Operations Manager Master Dan Eaffaldano. (dan.eaffaldano@marinapapagayo.com Direct phone +50626903602)
I read the other reviews on Marian Papagayo and recognize the Cruisers that arrive here and learn that great service is not free and then became salted by that fact.
It is also true that this Marina does cater to the Mega Yachts and a small sport fishing fleet. But their facility is open to all size and type of vessels.
Marina staff have treated my two kids (9 and 12) awesome as they skateboard and ride bikes around the facility. The fishing fleet team came by the other day to see if my son wanted to help catch baitfish. Our whole family feels safe and like part of the extended family here.
I would be remiss if I did not also give the Marina’s Dive Bar a plug for great food and Happy Hour 5-7 with daily ½ price appetizers.
Four Seasons Resort is adjacent to the Marina so there is Golf and 4 excellent restaurants available on the property.

If you are traveling on a budget then stop by get clean fuel maybe get a slip for one night, do laundry and wash the boat, they would love to have you.

If you are looking for a hurricane harbor and a great place to base for land travel, you cannot beat the security and the boat management available at Marina Papagayo.

In conclusion if you need a great Marina in a hurricane safe location, swimming pool, laundry, gym, pool table shuffleboard, theater room, awesome staff, great water pressure, boat detailers, divers and a small well-stocked Chandlery look no further than Marina Papagayo. (http://www.marinapapagayo.com/)

SV/ Perfectwave

Thank Eric W
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

If you are considering using this marina as a transient, visiting or permanent boater, re-consider. Nothing but trouble here. Unfriendly. Convenient for fuel fill, then move on.

8  Thank crcafe
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