Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez would be a cruising Mecca if it wasn't across the bay from Golfito. It has a large and comfortable anchorage, with easy access to a town with supplies, restaurants, and tourist activities.


The anchorage at Jimenez is on the north side of Punta Arenitas. The bottom is somewhat steep, but there is a reasonably large area of 4-5m depth at chart datum. Most boats are more comfortable anchoring on the slope with depths of 6m dropping off to 20m. There are a couple dozen local boats on moorings close to shore near the town/ferry dock, but there is still room for many boats. There is no swell whatsoever, which is quite remarkable. There is 10 miles of fetch to the north, but I can't recall the last northerly wind we had.

The town is classic central american. I'm sure that won't mean much to most of my readers, but I'm not sure how else to explain it. The buildings are one-story cinderblock or adobe painted bright colours. They are tiny and crammed together right on the edge of the streets. There aren't any condos for Gringos yet in Jimenez, and real estate hasn't taken over as the primary industry. Tourism is probably the main industry, but the tourists who come through here actually tour round the surrounding jungles, which means that tourism is guides and camping supplies rather than sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I rather like it here. Many of the other towns in Costa Rica have had their centers ripped out for gringo focused development, which makes part of them super glossy while the remainder is confused and still sifting out of the construction debris.

We had the pleasure of meeting Neos here, the first cruising boat that we've encountered at anchor since Huatulco in very early May.

4 thoughts on “Puerto Jimenez

  1. June says:


    Karen is setting me up to communicate with you. She joined us for tofuky with Christine on Sat. night. C left on Sunday and K stayed for real turkey. We walked, did yoga, went to the Balls Falls fair and had lots of fun.

    We are delighted to see your photos and movies. Love June

  2. dad ensslen says:

    remarkable picture, congrats.

    glad all is very well for you.

    bon voyage,

    record cold around southern alberta, but not here. 1 right now. dreaming of clear skies, as the moon is shrinking nicely and temps not bad yet.

  3. dad ensslen says:

    steven, your photos have reversed, old is 10, recent is 1

    bit confusing

    advice please



    world cup 2010 qualifying is changing daily, you sure you don't want to hurry up and sail over to South Africa?

    did you see in one of the sidney to hobart races one boat sailing through a huge giant typhoon/water spout when it could not get away, and another getting sucked towards it. No one killed or seriously injured; very nice.

    bon voyage!

  4. dad ensslen says:

    am still challenged by the newish photo order



    bon voyage
    bonne chance
    hals und beinbruch



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