Luxury sailboat begins cruises in Costa Rica

The Star Flyer, one of a small fleet of luxury sailboats, was to have begun operations in Costa Rican waters Sunday. The boat operators plan 16 seven-day cruises using Caldera on the Pacific as a home port.

The boats can carry up to 150 passengers. Most of them will be North Americans.

The announcement was made by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. The boat will make stops at Golfito, Drake Bay, Quepos and Playas del Coco, among others, the institute said.

The boat is part of the Star Clippers fleet that started operations in Belgium in 1991, the institute said, adding that the Star Flyer is expected to return to Costa Rican waters next year.

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