What is the CIMAT?

Along with the laws for Marinas the Inter Institutional Commission of Marinas and Wharves (CIMAT) was created, only authorized entity to supervise the development of tourist marinas and wharves in the country and which is conformed by the:

  • Costa Rican Tourist Board.
  • National Housing and Urbanism Institute.
  • Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
  • Ministry of the Environment and Energy.
  • Ministry of Public Health.

The commission, as dictated by the regulation, will have its headquarters at the Costa Rican Tourist Board and for compliance with its functions will count with all the technical support that it may require from all its integrating entities, which are authorized to assign the technical staff to help the Commission.


  • Promote and incentive the realization of Marinas and Tourist Wharves鈥 projects in the coastal areas of the country.
  • Issue the technical resolution that approves or rejects the preliminary project of the marina or tourist landing place proposed.
  • Establish in conformity with what is specified by article 7, clause b) of the Law, the technical terms of reference through a Manual of Construction of Marinas, which will be of mandatory character.
  • The vigilance, control and investigation of the activities related with the construction, functioning and operation of tourist marinas and wharves.
  • Determine the areas to be ceded by each port zone to the State as areas for public uses.
  • Establish its own internal norms of functioning within the valid legal framework.
  • Survey the maps for each project in conformity with this regulation.
  • The others assigned by the Law and this regulation.


  • Prior consultation (optional).
  • Technical revision of the preliminary project. (concession).
  • Surveiller鈥檚 maps of the construction.

The requirements for each stage are established in the manual of marinas which may be requested from the CIMAT by telephone (506) 299-5800 or through the electronic mails Ing. Oscar Villalobos, Ing. Francisco Aragón, ó Biol. Ricardo Mora.


What is a marina?

It will be understood as a tourist marina the group of facilities, maritime or terrestrial, destined to the protection, shelter, and lending of all kinds of services, to recreation, tourist, and sport vessels, no matter their flag and independently of their size, as well as to their visitors and users, national or foreign.

What is a marina made of?

The real estate, the facilities, access roads to the different areas and other goods in private property, destined by their owners to lend services to the tourist marina.

How is the concession of a marina regulated?

By the Law N潞 7744 鈥淢arinas Concession and Operation,鈥 approved by the Legislative Assembly, on December 19th of 1997.

Who determines the cession of a marina?

The Inter Institutional Commission of Tourist Marinas and Wharves (CIMAT). It has to consider what is disposed in the Coast Regulatory Plan of the area where the marina is to be installed.

What institution exercises the legal control of a marina?

The Attorney General of the Republic, by itself or by petition of any state entity or institution. The Attorney General will conduct the pertinent negotiations as to actions violating or infringing the Law N潞 7744 or of related laws dealing with the annulment of concessions, general dispositions, permits, contracts, acts, or agreements obtained by contravening such norms.

What are wharves?

Tourist wharves are the docks, fixed or floating piers, the ramps, and other necessary works that allow the enjoyment and safety of tourists and the arrival of recreation vessels and minor sport vessels.

They are divided into two classifications:

  • Minor: Port facility of a single landing place, such as docks, fixed or floating piers, ramps, and other necessary works that offer safety to tourists and docking of the vessels of up to 40 meters of length, of design and operation.
  • Major: Port facility of a single landing place that offers safety to tourists and docking of the vessels of over 40 meters of length, of design and operation.

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