Golfito Port


Golfito Port


8° 31' N
83° 11' O

The Port of Golfito is located On the Pacific coast in the Golfo Dulce, 127 n.m. SE of Puntarenas, 30 n.m. from the border with Panama and 215 n.m. W×S of Balboa.

In the southeast Bay of Golfito on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the border with Panama, 300 miles by land from San Jose.

It was built in 1939 for the sole purpose of serving as a platform for the export of bananas to the United States.

Regional port handling general cargo and bulk liquids

The nearest international airport is the is the Juan Santamaria, located in the city of Alajuela


The Customs authorities now stipulate that:

  1. 1. All cargo on board of the vessel with destination Costa Rica must be manifested.
  2. 2. The manifest and Bills of lading must be registered in the customs Systems (TICA) 24hrs before ship´s arrival.
  3. 3. Cargoes entering and have not been manifested will be confiscated in the Port´s terminals.
  4. 4. Violations of this rules will have the following consequences:

    • 4.1 Any ship that has not been entered into customs system (TICA) will not be docked.
    • 4.2 Any failure to cargo manifested evident in quantities or weight, will be fined.

Documentación para las autoridades

  • 6 crew list
  • 6 port of call
  • 2 vacinnation list
  • 2 Ship Particulars
  • 2 Maritime declaration of Health
  • 6 NIL LIST ( no arms, no drugs, no stowaways, etc)
  • 2 Crew list departure
  • 2 ship store declaration
  • 2 tonnage certificate
  • Original last port clearence
  • Entrance:

    Direct entrance from open sea, pilot board the ship at half mile from port, authorities visit the vessel once docked at pier.

    Anchorage Area:

    At 2 miles from port, with a draft between 12-13mts.


    The pilot board the ship at 2 miles from port Entrance.

    In Port Golfito, the gangway should be at portside, on 1mt of sea level.

    Pilotage is compulsory for larger vessels.

    Weather conditions suitable for docking and undocking manoeuvres, subject to discretion of pilot’s office.

    Pre Arrival Information:

    Notify Agent at 72, 48 and 24 hours before arrival advising ETA. Initial notification to also advise number passengers disembarking, if any, amount of cargo to discharge in metric tons, number of gangs required to work on board.


  • Max Length of 250 mts
  • LMax Draft of 9 mts
  • Services of fresh water, sludge removal, garbage disposal, ship chandler are availables
  • Max Channel Draft is 10.0 mts
  • No daylight restriction
  • Air draft restriction: No
  • Shore crane available: No
  • Free Practique can not be granted upon arrival, Port Authorities must visit the vessel in order to grant Free Practique
  • Mooring Arrangements: Ropes are required for mooring, wires are not allowed
  • Quantity of Piers:

    The Port of Golfito has 2 piers:

    Dock Length Draft Purpose
    1 200 mts 9 mts Multipurpose
    2 117 mts 8 mts Multipurpose

    *: Length of quay is 317 m., enough for two vessels to berth, each
    *: Berth depth 10.67 m. Vessels berth starboard side to.

    Water Density:

    1,019 (Salwater).

    Port facility security:

    All port facilities in terminal and main areas have closed circuit television monitored 24hrs, the Golfito terminal has the ISPS specifications.

    Working days:

    The port of Golfito works 24hrs, 7 days per week.

    Watchmen on board:

    In port´s Golfito is not compulsory to have watchmen on board, however it is advisable to avoid risks of drugs, stowaways, arms, etc.

    Tides and winds:

    The maximum increase of tides is 14” and winds speed can be variable during the year. Tidal range 0.36 m.


    BBA Chart No. 1932.

    Publications: BA Sailing Directions, NP 8.

    ISPS Compliance:

    Port is compliant.

    Max Size:

    LOA 250 m., draft 9.0 m.


    Vessels able to berth/unberth throughout 24 hours.


    Any vessel that enters this port has to be in possession of a Sanitary Manifest (Maritime Declaration of Health) signed by Master of vessel. In case of any suspected disease or fever on board, Master to notify Port authorities by radio and vessel to wait outside the limit of territorial waters until clearance is given.


    No tugs. A launch runs the mooring lines from vessel to quay.

    Tanker Facilities:

    Diameter of pipelines 8 in. and 6 in.


    Notice required. Stevedores work throughout 24 hours, 7 days.

    Opening/Closing Hatches: Normally carried out by stevedores.

    Waste disposal:

    Garbage reception facilities available. Contact Agent.

    Slops disposal:

    Reception facilities available. Contact Agent.


    Facilities available with notice. Golfito Hospital Tel: +506 2775 1001.

    Fresh water:

    Available at rate 50 t.p.h. through shore hoses.


    Diesel and fuel oil available with notice.


    Diesel and fuel oil available with notice.

    Police / Ambulance / Fire:

    Emergency Tel: 911, 112. Police Tel: +506 2775 1022. Medical Tel: +506 2775 1001.

    Security / Gangway:

    Available but not compulsory; advisable to avoid risk of stowaways, drug smuggling etc. Customs guard on gangway.


    National bank with ATM facility available.
    Coopealianza RL. Tel: +506 2775 0800. Fax: +506 2775 0425.


    No limit on board but only one packet cigarettes when going ashore. No alcohol may be taken ashore.

    Shore Leave:

    Crew is allowed on shore.


    Can be arranged, contact Agent.

    Identification Cards:


    Authority Port Office:

    Instituto Costarricense de Puerto del Pacifico, Administración de la Terminal de Golfito, Muelle del Golfito, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.
    Tel: +506 2634 9171. Contact: Sr Roberto Canales Sanchez, Administrador. T: +506 2634 9170.

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