We've had a nice two weeks or so here in Golfito tied up to the one and only slip in the marina. The rest of the boats in our little group that has been buddy boating down the coast are tied up to mooring balls. The marina has one slip and 20 mooring balls. Being tied to a ball is nice, but not at all different then being at anchor, and being at anchor means going without 120 volt power and dock water. It also means you have to dingy back and forth to shore, In Golfito, the wettest place in very wet Costa Rica, one often arrives drenched to the skin..
Marina Tierra Mar has been run by a couple of very cruiser friendly ex-pats for the last twenty years. Marina fees are affordable, the Cruiser Club upstairs is comfortable, the showers are nice and Tim and Katie are great hosts. If you're bringin' your boat to Golfito, stay here.
Tomorrow afternoon we start a 90 mile overnight leg that will finally bring us to Panama. We will drop the hook off Isla Parida in western Pacific Panama, the first of many, many Panamanian islands we will be visiting this summer.