After years of planning, a marina is springing up in Golfito. Developers from Hacienda El Dorado announced Thursday they have begun construction on the Golfito Marina Village & Resort, which is planned to be a central destination for luxury tourism focused on yachting and sport fishing.
The southern Pacific port town has been the subject of environmental concerns related to similar marina proposals. But now, developers’ blueprints envision private floating islands, villas, a luxury hotel, and further yachting accommodations for the area. The deep-water marina on the edge of Gulfo Dulce is slated to have an infrastructure that can hold 130 ships and features secure docks for yachts up to 350 feet long.
According to a release from a public relations firm in Florida, other features being built include an open-air spa, swimming pools, an island restaurant with a night club, and a fuel dock, among others.
The release said Hacienda El Dorado has been operating in real estate since 1978, when it began in California. For the past 13 years the company has worked on other developments in Costa Rica, and became intrigued with Golfito after major infrastructure advancements opened up opportunities to attract people to the area.
Developers cited expansions of the Palmar Sur airport that promise to bring in international flights and construction of the Caldera Highway as two key improvements for Golfito real estate.
As development coincides with the 65th anniversary of Golfito, officials from Hacienda El Dorado have said that they want to give back to the coastal town with this project. They have planned to build a two-kilometer boardwalk for the public called Paseo Marino that will house artworks, local dining, souvenir shops, bike trails, and even water taxis to nearby beaches.
The release said developers are hoping this super-yacht destination attracts big fishing tournaments in the future, as well.