Live Golfito – April 2024 | Volume 1, Issue 1

Welcome to Live Golfito, Our Monthly News Digest

MBG Enthusiasts,

When we attend global yacht shows, we get to meet and reconnect with so many of you.

The 2024 season began with Marina Director, Pedro Abdalla, attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show in mid-March.

“This is one of our best events,” he says. “This is because so many owners attend and we have the chance to talk about what we’re doing in Golfito, at the marina, our expansion and the unparalleled experiences of Nature which continue to inform our strong commitment to sustainable development. Walking the docks, meeting with partners, and plentiful parties enhance the boat show experience.”

Of course, there is no place like home, particularly Golfito. To continue our support of the local community and conservation efforts, we are hard at work in April celebrating with hands-on Earth Day activities, partnering with local organizations and continuing our sustainable development at the marina.

We’ll continue to bring you news from MBG each month, following this, our inaugural issue of Live Golfito. If you have a story idea, send it to Amy Halsted ([email protected]). If you’re willing, we’d love to quote you.

Happy Navigating!

Community Impact
April Community Activities & Earth Day

  • Visitor Safety—an MBG partnership with the Tourist Police to discuss visitor safety in Golfito
  • Golfito Music School—fundraising with a Zumba session to support the Golfito Music School.
  • Water Conservation Talk—at Golfito’s Mona School in collaboration with ASAGOL
  • Entrepreneurship—located at MBG’s amphitheater, six entrepreneurs and a folklore group will discuss supporting local impresarios.
Earth Day Celebration—April 25,2024
  • Talks, Tree Planting & Waste Collection—Marina Bahia Golfito is organizing activities with community members to celebrate this essential annual date. Activities include talks, tree planting (donated by Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad), and waste collection at Bella Vista Park.

MBG Conservation
Misión Tiburón, the compelling need to protect the oceans

  • 4.210.3 Hectares Conserved
  • 400+ Government Personnel Trained &Taught
  • 2000+ Tagged, Marked & Protected Sharks
  • 5000+ Children & Students Educated
The impact of Misión Tiburón is profound and rapidly expanding. With a mission “to protect and conserve our ocean and the wildlife it holds through education and scientific research,” co-founders Ilena Sanella and Andrés López have created Misión Tiburón through their deeply held belief that sharks are a keystone species and fundamental for the well-being of marine ecosystems.
With a dramatic decline in shark numbers in the past few decades, Ilena and Andrés have dedicated their lives to creating much needed solutions for the complex challenges oceans face while teaching basic understanding of ocean systems and the compelling need to protect them.
Both founders are marine biologists, and both hold Master’s degrees in Marine Resources Management and Wildlife Conservation and Management (Andrés and Ilena, respectively). Their team includes scientists, divers, photographers, and ocean lovers. They are joined by partners who believe in their vision of a healthier and cleaner ocean: MINAE (Ministry of Environmental and Energy Costa Rica), Coastguards, Ministry of Security of Costa Rica, and ACMC (Cocos Marine Conservation Area).
In addition, Misión Tiburón works closely with conservation groups who share the vision of conserving and protecting oceans. MisiónTiburó

MBG Real Estate
New Autograph Collection®️ Hotel & Residences Coming to Marina Bahia Golfito

News of MBG’s and Enjoy Group’s partnership with Marriott International—which includes The Autograph Collection®️ branding of the marina’s new 35-room luxury waterfront hotel and private-ownership villas and condominiums—travelled fast.

The result is surging interest in real estate purchases. Under the stewardship of Enjoy Group’s commitment to sustainable development, every detail of the marina’s enhancements, from architecture to guest experience, has been curated through the lens of minimal impact and maximum attention to habitat and biodiversity, and the local Golfito community.

Autograph Collection®️ is a group of independent upscale, luxury hotels and residences which are part of the Marriott International portfolio.

Those interested in learning more about available real estate, including pricing, layouts, legal matters, are invited to learn more at

MBG Experiences
Offshore & Inshore Sportfishing

Tight lines!! Marina Bahia Golfito is widely recognized as an essential Costa Rican hotspot for premiere sportfishing with an unfettered experience of Nature.
While sportfisher owners and captains appreciate MBG’s considerable logistics, docking and amenities for those with their own fishing boats, the marina also offers both Offshore and Inshore full-day sportfishing tours. Designed for four to six people, the tours include the fishing vessel and equipment, captain, food and drinks and the crew’s deep knowledge of what’s biting where.
The Golfito fishing experience features extraordinary diversity. MBG’s fishing tours will put you in schools of marlin, sailfish, dorado (mahi mahi), roosterfish, snapper, wahoo, mackerel, and more. Plan on leaving the dock at 7:00 a.m. and returning at 4:00 p.m. Wear SPF clothing, closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, and bring a camera.

MBG Gallery
The International SeaKeepers Society Visits

At the end of February, The International SeaKeepers Society held a board retreat at Marina Bahia Golfito. Central to their time in Golfito was the experience of the place were 4% of the world’s biodiversity is represented, treasured, and conserved. In addition to meetings with national and local organizations and scientists, a catch and release sportfishing tour put these renowned ocean advocates right on the sea.

In The News

Premier sportfishing magazine, In the Bite, takes a deep dive on the Golfito experience, a close look at Marina Bahia Golfito and the teeming biodiversity of the Golfo Dulce region.
Journalist, Diane M. Byrne, who’s visited Marina Bahia Golfito several times, features MBG prominently in her Robb Report article, “The 9 Best Things to do and See When Chartering Your Superyacht in Costa Rica.”
Fred Bean, Founder and CEO of HotelPORT, recently accompanied SeaKeepers to MBG. He writes that experiencing Enjoy Group’s approach to sustainable development is a model for the industry, combining sustainability, economic development, and destination marketing.