Golfito (literally 'little gulf') is a port town situated in Puntarenas Province on Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast, close to the border of Panama. Golfito lies on a narrow strip of land in between a hill and the eponymous bay and consist of two parts: town proper and shopping area located to the south, and a residential area by the port. Still further north are an airstrip and duty-free zone.
In the middle of the 20th century, Golfito was an important banana growing region, which resulted in it being the primary port of southern Costa Rica. However, a combination of rising export taxes, declining foreign markets, banana disease and worker unrest led to closing of United Fruit Company in 1985. Palm oil plantations replaced the old banana plantations. Today, due to its success, even more land is devoted to grow palm. In the mid-1990s, a small flow of tourists started to arrive and by the middle of 2006 sport fishing became prime tourist attraction. Deposito Libre Comercial de Golfito (Duty Free Shopping Centre) attracts shoppers from other regions of Costa Rica, helping local hospitality business.
Even during tide fluctuation (which averages about 3 m /9 feet) calm water provides for lots of peaceful tourist activities. The beaches in the area are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica. The town offers yachting and boating services, small marinas, sport fishing, as well as a destination for cruise ships. Much of tourist activities in Golfito area focus on sport fishing industry. Many of the hotels and lodges have their own sport fishing fleet and boat captains. Boating, yachting, beach activities and water sports are also exciting pastimes. The beaches situated south of Golfito, Pilon, Pavones and Playa Zancudo, offer excellent surfing. Safe water approach makes Golfito a relaxing place to stop and check in/out of Costa Rica when cruising.
Highlights: Beaches, Corcovado National Park, Zancudo
The Golfito cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Golfito, Costa Rica.
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Port Golfito cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Golfito, Costa Rica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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