Development is underway for a 175-slip marina capable of accommodating yachts to 125 feet (38 meters) in northwestern Costa Rica. Marina Flamingo should conclude the first phase and open for bookings beginning next year.
Marina Flamingo is in Guanacaste, a region in northwestern Costa Rica. It’s known for its beaches, diving, surfing, and sportfishing. In fact, Playa Flamingo, the shoreline upon which it sits, hosts a sailfish tournament each year. Besides these activities, visitors can visit a few national parks, go horseback riding, and enjoy other activities.
Under the management of F3 Marinas, which oversees properties primarily in the United States, Marina Flamingo anticipates attracting the growing number of cruisers heading to Costa Rica. Already, the property has a Coast Guard station within the protected marina basin. This will make immigration and customs processing simpler. Further helpful, the facility is gaining high-speed fueling, pump-out stations, storage, and concierge services. Additionally, a VIP lounge, a pool and bar, and a ship’s store are coming. Slip holders can take advantage of parking, too, within the controlled-access gates.
Since yacht owners and guests may want to explore the region, the marina staff already has a few ideas in mind. For instance, golfers can play 18 holes at a nearby course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. More active visitors can go zip lining, mountain biking or ATV riding. The Santa Rosa National Park and the Palo Verde ecological reserve offer these, along with horseback riding and hiking.
By next fall, 134 of the 175 slips should be ready. The target date for the rest is 2023. By then, Marina Flamingo’s developers also expect to complete restaurants, shops, a hotel, and a conference center. It’s all “surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Costa Rican Gold Coast,” says John Matheson, president of F3 Marina. With the assistance of national and local government officials, the Coast Guard, and even the U.S. State Department, the property will be “a true destination marina.”
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