Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:24

Puerto Amistad Marina

Reserve your berth today. Reservations require one month payment in advance for either your anchorage or your buoy. We have limited space so insure your mooring by reserving today. We operate on first come basis. 

Anchorage Reservation $150.00 USD           Buoy Reservation $300 USD

Puerto Amistad Restaurant and Marina is located in Bahía de Caráquez, on Ecuador’s spectacular coast. Situated at the broad mouth of the Chone River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean.  Bahía is a quiet Ecuadorian tourist destination, recently discovered by the cruising community.  It has become an  increasingly popular location for ex-pats looking for a beautiful and temperate place to retire.

Bahía is a wonderful place to visit in it's own right, and is also a perfect place to leave your boat while you travel north and south along Ecuador’s stunning coast or move inland to  explore the incredible sites of the highlands of Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or  the many other spectacular destinations in  South America.

“Our goal was to create a place that was friendly and secure, in a place that is friendly and secure, and I think that we've accomplished this in Bahía. In other words, we didn't have to create a bunker enclosed place to leave your boat secure. Bahía is probably the safest place for your boat in South America! The second thing we wanted was a place the ordinary cruiser can afford, so we work hard to provide an excellent service at a good value. 

We are fortunate to have received approvals for 15 new slips. These are scheduled to be built by the end of November 2017. We are building a Tidal Grid to give cruisers the opportunity to work on their boat in the dry. Estimated completion is September 2017.

We certainly hope that you come and visit; we're sure you'll love it as much as  us.

Warm Regards,







Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:39

Entry Procedures for Bahía de Caráquez

Visa Requirements: Most cruisers will be able to enter Ecuador without obtaining a visa ahead of time. Check out this link from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see the requirements for you. 

Please note that the harbor entrance is not buoyed at this time, and coupled with the currents that come with the area's 8-10 foot tidal range, it can be tricky. For that reason, it is REQUIRED by the Port Captain of Bahía that all incoming yachts enter with the Capitania's permission and with a qualified pilot aboard. But, not to worry, just approach to the waypoints given below, and call on VHF 69 for Puerto Amistad and we'll arrange for a pilot to come get you. Please note that the river shoals have changed since the DMA charts (below) were published, so approach from the West in order to avoid them. Please also be on the lookout for fishermen that work in the bay.

If at all possible, contact us by e-mail prior to your arrival so that we will be expecting you and you won't experience any avoidable delays. Please note that there is approximately 40cm more water than indicated on the tide tables, so check your arrival date with the tide tables if you have a deeper draft boat.

bahia de caraquez ecuador port entry


WP0 00º 35.780S 080º28.300W Virtual Sea Buoy
WP1 00º 35.805S 080º26.832W "Waiting Room" Anchorage


Upon Arrival

When the pilot guides you in, you'll have the option to take a mooring or drop your own hook. A representative from the navy and health departmentmay visit you on the boat for a cursory inspection, and then you'll be free to come ashore. Come to our office and we'll give you the "lay of the land."

Check-In Procedure

The Ecuadorian Navy requires that all foreign flagged vessels be represented by an agency. In your case Puerto Amistad will perform that function. When you arrive, please make available to us originals of your ship's papers, passports, vaccination records, and zarpe from your previous port. We will scan them and return the originals quickly. We will coordinate your arrival with all appropriate authorities (Health ministry, Navy, Customs, and Immigration). We will make the process super-easy. You'll never have to leave the bar!


You'll be given a 90 day multiple-entry visa upon arrival. The clock stops while outside the country. If you need additional time in Ecuador, we can help get a new visa with the ministry of foreign affairs. you will be applying for a visa extension and are a married couple or family, please bring marriage certificate and birth certificates with an Apostile on them.


Your boat will initially be allowed ninety days. Extensions are available for up to  a year at additional cost.  We will help you with the approvals of the extensions as needed.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:38

Where In The World is Puerto Amistad?

Puerto Amistad is located in Bahía de Caráquez, known locally as simply "Bahía" just thirty six nautical miles south of the Equator. It's conveniently on the way for anyone leaving Panama bound for the Galapagos on the Coconut Milk Run. It's also a very safe place to leave your boat while you travel to the highlands of Ecuador, Peru, the rest of South America, or visit back home. Some people come and end up staying a year.
You'll find it's also the most economical, safe place, to leave your boat by far. Because Bahía is located in a dry tropical zone, your boat won't suffer from the mold and mildew that is rampant in wet tropical locations such as Panama. Also, tropical thunderstorms and their accompanying lightening is virtually unheard of here. If you're thinking of coming here from Panama, consider leaving early in the winter to take advantage of the northerly winds, then stay here until the southerly trades start and enjoy an easier sail to the Galapagos Islands.

Puerto Amistad Yacht Club is located after the bridge on the right while headed into town. Google Maps does not yet support an exact laocation for the Marina.

See the second map below.


our location


Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:16


Puerto Amistad's Restaurant has the finest atmosphere in the entire Bahia area.

The restaurant is situated on the dock with a full bar,.

We also have large flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi you can relax and enjoy all of you meals.

It is hard to find a colder beer, fresher juice or better food anywhere else in town.

One of our clients says that we have the best French fries in South America


12:00-23:00 Monday through Thursday.
12:00-02:00 Friday and Saturday

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