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Tulliana
25th May 2009, 01:31 PM
Marina Rubicon Playa Blanca Lanzarote
May 2009.
Pricing
Catamarans are charged by the square meter if they have an end of pontoon berth available. If there is no end of pontoon available you will be charged for two mono berths of the same length which works out very expensive. Charges are medium to high at 0.28/msq/day based on a 6 month stay. All the pontoons are the fingered variety without lazy lines.
Navigation
Simple entrance to starboard although quite narrow so keep an eye out for other traffic. Reception is beside the red topped lighthouse to port. Call office on VHF 09 and Marineros will come and take your lines at the reception/fuel dock. The wind does get up a bit in this area as it does in the majority of the Canaries so care when mooring is imperative.
Security
There are no locked gates on the pontoons but security seems very good. The security staff are very observant and will check your lines twice daily when you are away from the boat. It felt perfectly safe to walk around at night.
Area
Marina Rubicon has been built surrounded by two 5 star hotels between the tourist resort of Playa Blanca and the stunning Papagayo beach. The developers have really gone to town around the marina creating small cobbled streets with numerous designer shops and restaurants but all done very tastefully. The marina can hold 500 boats but must be only half full when writing this. There is a small Sunsail charter base here with only 6 mono hulls. An added benefit for berth holders is the use of a private free form swimming pool, tennis court and free Wi-Fi to all parts of the marina. The north coast of Fuerteventura can be seen 8 miles in the distance together with the anchorage at Isla De Lobos. Playa Blanca is around a 15 minute walk away along a well kept path. There is a market in the marina every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am till 2pm selling mainly jewellery and clothing. The market does mean though that marina is invaded by large tourist boats between these hours. The airport is 40km away and is around 40 in a taxi but unfortunately no direct bus services. Car hire is available from both the marina and airport so this might be an alternative method.
Provisioning
There are two small supermarkets within marina complex but for serious provisioning you need to go to the large Hyper Dino supermarket in Playa Blanca.
Services
There is a fully equipped boatyard at the marina with lift (beam TBA). A very well stock chandlers with very competitive pricing, a dive school, sail school plus a number of other services. The shower blocks around the marina are top class and immaculate.
General
The marina is very clean with a good community spirit. The marina is supposedly subject to swells but not experienced during our stay there so far. Both the Marineros and office staff speak very good English and are extremely helpful.
Website: http://www.marinarubicon.com/eng/index.html (http://www.marinarubicon.com/eng/index.html)
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onotoa
29th November 2012, 06:13 PM
You will find a nice and safe anchorage at Papagayo beach just one mile E of the Rubicon marina, anchor on sand in 5-7m with no swell on the usual NE-NW winds.
Helmut