Costa Rica inaugurates the first phase of Golfito Marine Village & Resort, a new high-end destination in the unexplored yet, gorgeous Southern area of Costa Rica.
Luis Guillermo Solis, president of Costa Rica, flew to Golfito to inaugurate the first phase of Golfito Marine Village & Resort, a dream that has been for twelve years on paper.
“Few things please the president of the republic more than the inauguration of projects like this, that create jobs, produce welfare conditions for communities in need and do so in a region as rich and dear to me as the South Zone,” Said the president of the republic at the event attended by hundreds of people, including local schools.
The stage includes a marina of 50 berths for yachts from 40 to 140 feet, plus a lighthouse. When the first three phases are completed, estimated to end in 2020, there will be 115 spaces, including many that can accommodate the world’s largest yachts. There will also be a shopping village with shops and restaurants, a hotel with 70 to 100 rooms and a dry port for boats.
This is one of the largest projects done in the south, with $ 34 million invested so far. The project is expected to generate hundreds of jobs for the people who once supported bananas and who have struggled financially over the years. The figures showed that the project would cost a total of $ 50 million, 30% financed by the community and 70% by the National Bank, although this is apparently a low estimate, which will rise in the times to come.
The visionary behind the project is one of the largest investors, born in Israel, aged 66 and named Noam Schwartz. “Then, we had the opportunity to buy a piece of land, and that was before the recession. Everything went fast: how much money do you need, $ 20 million, $ 40 million? And so we bought the land with some other partners, and it developed from there. “
“We started the construction about ten years ago, the recession came, and we had to stop, so the project was dead and it was like that for about eight years, and now I’m semi-retired, so I decided to come and finish, THE project.”
Pedro Abdalla, a chief architect, based in San Jose, said that the tax-free zone of Golfito, the Free Deposit, opened its doors 27 years ago, April 21, 1990.
“Golfito is a real treasure trove and has extraordinary potential for development,” he said. He also cited figures on employment that would create this project and stated that it was the goal that 80 percent of the employees were from the south.
“After 12 years, I’m extremely emotional,” he added, with tears in his eyes and the crowd came to applause.
Also present during the inauguration were Vice President Ana Helena Chacón, Minister of Tourism Mauricio Ventura, Golfito Mayor Elberth Barrantes and General Manager of the National Bank Juan Carlos Corrales.
David Johson, director of marine sales for Fort Lauderdale, said that the Golfito Marina could with super-yates routinely passing through Costa Rica on their way to the Galapagos or elsewhere because there is no other place to dock.
“We built a marina for the future,” he said. “We can host the world’s largest yachts.”