Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – October 03, 2017 – IGY Marinas today announced that it has expanded its presence in Latin America with the addition of Golfito Marina Village (pictured left). The 50-slip facility, owned by Hacienda El Dorado S.A., marks the fourth marina to join IGY’s lineup in this region, following Marina Cabo San Lucas – Mexico, Red Frog Beach Island Marina – Panama, and Marina Santa Marta – Colombia. Effective November 1, 2017, the company will oversee all marina operations, management, and branding initiatives.
“IGY Marinas has seen travelers become more selective in their yachting itineraries to Central America, making Golfito Marina Village a welcome addition to our portfolio,” said Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas. “Our network of clientele has come to know and appreciate our award-winning customer service, desired amenities, and internationally trained staff that is well-versed in many foreign policies. We look forward to welcoming our guests to our newest destination in Costa Rica.”
IGY has already initiated the integration process, working closely with the Golfito Marina Village team to implement the company’s operations and award-winning services. Additionally, IGY will raise the maritime profile of the facility through its extensive network of commercial and industry partners, special events, and community outreach initiatives under the company’s philanthropic arm – Inspire Giving through You.
The luxurious Golfito Marina Village is the perfect addition to IGY Marinas’ impressive collection throughout Latin America. The facility is situated on the Pacific Ocean and outside of the hurricane zone, making it a safe harbor for guests. It is also the only approved drop-off and pick-up zone for yacht transport ships on the west coast of Central and South America. Golfito Marina Village operates as one of the only private, natural deep-water marinas in the world that can accommodate vessels up to 500 feet (152 meters), and visitors arriving by sea will experience a controlled depth of 35 feet (10 meters), zero air draft restrictions, and high-quality shore power custom designed for the world’s largest vessels. Additionally, the marina boasts a dedicated 265-foot (80 meter) fuel dock capable of dispensing ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel at 200 GPM, as well as premium fuel.
The facility’s eco-friendly design maximizes the preservation of its surrounding natural setting – one marked by unobstructed bay views along with government-protected rainforests and beaches. Located in the historic Pacific Town of Golfito, the marina is the ideal destination for guests looking to fully immerse themselves in Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” lifestyle, with world-class sport fishing, whale watching, canopy tours, hiking, beachside horseback riding, paddle boarding, windsurfing, shopping and more.
Marina guests will have access to the world’s leading large vessel support network, the IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners, who offer an array of services including, provisioning, crew training, full range insurance, emergency health services, maritime travel, satellite communications, and more. Additionally, Golfito Marina Village has partnered with one of the world’s leading yacht transport companies to provide high-quality and reliable yacht transportation services.
Overseeing all marina management and operations will be Andy Caballero, the facility’s newly appointed general manager. Caballero joined the IGY team in 2006 and has overseen many aspects of operations in various facilities throughout the years. He has assisted in a multitude of projects in the Caribbean and Mexico, focusing on development, IT, logistics, systems software and business processes. Prior to his new role at Golfito Marina Village, he served as the marina manager at Simpson Bay Marina – St. Maarten. An industry veteran, Caballero began his career as director of the Marine Protected Areas on St. Maarten. He holds a degree in Marine Sciences from Barry University in Miami, Fla.
Future plans for the marina include an expansion to approximately 135 slips and a full-service yard. The dynamic, 40-acre yachting complex sits adjacent to a marina village with approximately 25 retailers; an eco-friendly, luxury hotel slated to open within the next 24 months; exclusive villa residences with four private island homes; an open-air spa; and four diverse restaurant concepts.
For more information on Golfito Village Marina – Costa Rica, email GMV@IGYMarinas.com. For more information on IGY Marinas and its impressive collection of destinations, visit www.IGYMarinas.com. Follow IGY Marinas on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IGYMarinas or Twitter and Instagram @IGYMarinas.
About IGY Marinas
Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, IGY Marinas is one of the largest international marina company in the world and a leading point of contact for vessels in the western hemisphere. The company’s network includes 18 marinas operating in 9 countries, with the newest location in Costa Rica (United States, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Turks & Caicos, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and France); more than 8,000 unique vessels serviced annually and approximately 100,000 customers each year. With more than 3,000 slips under management, IGY Marinas caters to a variety of markets, including sportfish, cruise, sail and megayacht. With more than 300 slips accommodating vessels over 80 feet (24 meters), IGY’s marinas are also leading destination ports for some of the world’s largest yachts - servicing more than 1,000 superyachts per year.
Additionally, IGY Marinas boasts one of the world’s leading large-vessel support networks, the IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners, which encompasses an array of services from provisioning to crew training, along with health and maritime travel. IGY Marinas also hosts top international sailing, fishing and nautical-related events, making its marinas highly sought - after maritime activity destinations. With a passion for giving back on a global scale, the company supports its marinas twice a year as part of its “Inspire Giving through You” philanthropic initiative.
Kristin Soto / Kay Mellinger
954-510-3307 / PR@IGYMarinas.com
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