Many in the industry have bemoaned what they see as the rapid decline of the Caribbean and nearby Central American destinations as superyacht locales. The reason for this slip, if indeed there is any evidence of one, is a lack of government capital to invest in infrastructure. This coupled with the fact that emerging markets in South East Asia have governments that are falling over themselves to invest in alluring destination marinas, and the region faces stiff competition.
So it should be welcome news that developer, Hacienda El Dorado, is investing in the town of Golfito, even if it is beyond the traditional confines of the Caribbean. In a multilateral venture, alongside the government and a local real estate developer, Hacienda… also plans to overhaul the town’s main boulevard, as well as building a new highway that will connect its airport with the marina.
The first phase of the development will comprise 50 of an eventual 130 berths and will offer private docking for superyachts up to 100m. The resort will offer beach residential villas, three unique private floating islands with villas, a ‘Honeymoon Beach Villa’, a deluxe hotel and accommodation for captains and crew. Amenities include an open-air spa, fitness facilities, swimming pools and an island restaurant with a nightclub, boat service yard, dry dock and 81m fuel dock, making this one of the most complete resorts for visiting superyachts in the region.
Hacienda… has highlighted Golfito’s geographical position, which is south of the hurricane zone and near to the Panama Canal on its Pacific coast side. ‘Golfito Marina Village & Resort will offer an exciting new charter yacht destination to a location which was previously inaccessible to superyachts. It will also undoubtedly attract the adventurous eco-travellers who want to explore the pristine natural environment and enjoy the Costa Rican culture of Pura Vida, or living life at its finest’, a company spokesperson explained.
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