8th January. Limon, Costa Rica

When I left you last, I believed I wouldn’t have time to write, well, here I am.  Having docked in the port of Limon, (Puerto Limon) and completed most of my tasks for the morning, some time to relax and write.

5 a.m. in the morning and a call from the Bridge, “1-hour’s notice to Red manning”.  Suitably invigorated with an espresso coffee, I went to the Bridge, in the early morning light, the twinkling lights of Limon were visible ahead, the coastal mountains of Costa Rica behind.  The compulsory pilot boarded when we were almost in the harbour, much to our liking, as you know by now we far prefer to keep the conn if possible.  An approach to the long pier on which we were to dock; a ‘wheelie’ through 180° and astern towards the dock.

Early morning, the port ahead.

Cargo ships also use the port.

The pier on which we will berth.

An overview of where Limon is. Our track from the north-east, the other track being our route east towards the Panama Canal

A closer view of the mainland and the harbour, nestled in a small bay.

The approach to the berth, the dotted line is our track and the 180 swing.

K1 is ashore, kayaking no less (and no doubt, there will be stop in the market, too close for comfort, in the terminal).  A quick jaunt ashore for me though, just to take some photos.

 This afternoon we leave for the Canal transit tomorrow.  Gatun locks are  scheduled for 7 a.m Eastern time; 12 noon UK, there are cameras on all the locks, so maybe you might like to take a look?

13 thoughts on “8th January. Limon, Costa Rica”

  1. Each year we look forward to your blog. Someday we will embark on a world cruise. Until then, we live it vicariously through you. Thank you.

  2. Good morning ( here) Captain.

    Wonderful photos indeed. Loved the market shots!
    I will look at the Panama web cams tonight here at 11pm ( Aus Eastern time) should I take a photo of you on the bridge, will you bill me $20.. lol
    Keep safe & well

  3. We’ve very much enjoyed the entries so far, and look forward to reading about the Canal transit. My father and grandfather were both stationed there when the U.S. Canal Zone existed, and my brother was born there. So glad it has been a peaceful and remarkably useful engineering marvel! On my own visits, the only hazard to watch out for was the aji (ah-HEEE), aptly named hot sauce in the local restaurants! Cheers!

  4. Thanks for “taking me along” for the 4th consecutive year. LOVE your postings and your fabulous photos from the WORLD CRUISE journey. I look forward to reading them all as y’all make your way across the globe.
    Your cruise map is my screen wallpaper so I can follow along everyday from San Antonio Texas!

  5. Recently off a Prinsendam 60 day sailing and recommended your really excellent blog,to many pax
    Twist you and Jeff,am enjoying an armchair World Cruise !
    Going to Phuket soon and looking forward to seeing Jeff & friends in March

  6. Hope you stocked up on coffee beans. I bought a few bags last time we did the canal. …yummy
    Too bad Heidi Z is not with you again this year….they are on the Prinsedam having waited too long to book the WC. That will teach her. 😄

  7. After enduring a minus 34 Celsius temperature yesterday morning, here at my home in Vermont, I am happily following your adventure in tropical paradise. Ten years ago, we did a canal transit aboard the Statendam. Lovely cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Lima Peru – remember it like it was yesterday.

  8. Hello, your writings are bitter sweet to us as we have to wait until Sydney to join you. (Feb 11) Family matters requiring us to be in Seattle during January.

    We can enjoy the first 21 days via your wonderfully messages.

    See you soon.

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