Marina in Costa Rica set for June groundbreaking

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Golfito Marina Village & Resort, Costa Rica’s newest resort catering to superyachts, is scheduled to break ground in June.

Hacienda El Dorado, the development team behind the venture, is focused on the town of Golfito, where the economy has lagged since the Chiquita Banana Co. closed its Costa Rica-based operations in 1985. The Golfito Marina Village & Resort seeks to provide hundreds of well-paying jobs in the construction, service and hospitality industries.

Together with local government authorities, architects and a local real estate developer, the company is starting the development and renovation of the town's main boulevard in a comprehensive multi-phase project, according to a statement.

Plans include the construction of a renovated road connecting Golfito Airport with the town, a central plaza, Golfito History Museum, tourist information center, a local artists' arts and crafts village, a new boardwalk with restaurants featuring local cuisine, souvenir shops, coffee shops, bicycle trails and rentals, water taxis to neighboring beaches and attractions and a community recreational park.

The first phase of the deepwater marina will include 50 (of a total of 130) slips featuring private and secure dockage designated for yachts as large as 350 feet.

The resort will offer beach residential villas, three private floating islands with villas, a Honeymoon Beach Villa, a deluxe hotel and accommodations for yacht 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 a 265-foot fuel dock.

With plans to host future sportfishing tournaments, Golfito Marina was designed specifically to meet angler requirements. In close proximity to the Panama Canal and south of the hurricane zone, it is on the edge of Golfito Bay on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

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