The town of Golfito is a region rich with history. It was built in the late 1930s by the United Fruit Company, now known as Chiquita Brands. Chosen by United Fruit executives for its calm, deep waters, Golfito provided a safe, natural harbor for loading the fruit company’s “Great White Fleet” of banana boats, aptly named for their fresh white paint, which reflected the sun’s tropical rays. Now it will be the location of the new Golfito Marina Village (more on that later).
Although the United Fruit Company had a checkered past (link), the town of Golfito enjoyed a magnificent heyday as the company invested heavily in the construction of new roads, homes, schools, banks and hospitals. Golfito was the most prosperous town in the country as it was the centerpiece of the banana production industry during much of the 20th century. In fact, over ninety percent of the country’s banana exports during the 1950s were grown and distributed from Golfito’s tranquil shores.
In regard to this specific 4.13 acre property, this is the exact location where company executives threw corporate parties for employees and government officials. The property was conveniently perched above town and it features the best ocean views around. In fact, the foundations for the original structures can still be seen on site and the property remains a favorite location for locals to enjoy beautiful sunset views over the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) and all the way out to Cabo Matapalo, the tip of the amazing Osa Peninsula.
In 1984, more than four decades after United Fruit made Golfito its home, the prosperous banana producer closed its facilities, which led, in turn, to economic difficulties throughout the area. Now signs of a spectacular transformation are taking place. A new world class marina and resort development called “Golfito Marina Village” is due to open next year. This article from the Tico Times, “Golfito Marina: After 7 Years Dead In The Water, Full Steam Ahead” provides a very good update on the history and status of the project. To see the progress of construction, you can watch real time video streams of the marina by visiting their Website Here. Note: Click on the “Entrance Live Cam” and “Marina Live Cam” links located on the top of their website.
Golfito attracts sports fishermen and enthusiasts from around the world due to the the abundance of sailfish, marlin, dorado, tuna and inshore species. Costa Rica’s favorable weather conditions and the virtual absence of hurricanes allow world-class fishing all year-round. In addition, tourists from across the globe flock to the area as National Geographic Adventure calls the region “One of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet”. Yachting Magazine calls Golfito, “One of the most beautiful places in the world and you may have to resist yourself from saying wow”.
This property is ideally set up for a commercial or residential project that would “piggy back” off of the Golfito Marina Village development located directly below. The new marina will provide easier access to region, literally brining in “boat loads” of potential customers. A luxury hotel here would feature stunning ocean views, privacy and a prime location only minutes from the marina and the regional airport (1 km away).
The property includes a private road leading up from town, a huge building pad and tropical rainforest areas with a fresh water creek. Development is ready to go with water and electric services in place. The anticipated growth from the Marina and other projects should cause an increase in prices. This is a great time for investors looking for new opportunities in Costa Rica. The revitalization of Golfito’s life as a port city and destination will bring a renewed sense of growth to the region. Golfito’s proximity to Panama provides another potential market as tourism and development grows in the region. With the kind of economic commitments we are seeing from major developers and the Costa Rican government, Golfito can look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
If you are looking for a premier development property located in an area with huge growth potential, this property is a must see! Costa Rica Real Estate Service is proud to be the exclusive agency representing this unique property. Come and see for yourself. We invite you to visit this iconic property in person and we will also arrange a preview tour of the new Golfito Marina Village for your review.