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Costa Rica Tourism Institute Evaluates Playa del Coco Marina

Plans for Playa del Coco Marina are in the Works
Currently boats in the Playa del Coco bay must set anchor offshore.

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute traveled to Playa del Coco in Guanacaste to evaluate plans for the construction of a marina in the area. The project has already been approved by the Interinstitutional Commission on Tourist Marinas and Docks and is waiting approval by the Carrillo Town Council to receive the necessary concession.

The current plans for the marina would include 299 spaces for boats and would be located in the Punta Centinela in Playa del Coco. A dock and administration installations would also be constructed.

The Playa del Coco Marina Development Association (Asodemac) is in charge of the marina plans. They already received the go-ahead from Setena, the government’s environmental agency, which assures that the work would be in accord with all environmental policies.

Representative from Asodemac, Rafael Villegas, participated in a press conference yesterday along with the legislature Maureen Ballestro to update the community about the marina plans, which were originally discussed back in 2000.

Other recent changes in an over-all beautification plan for Playa del Coco included the demolition of some 14 beach front properties that were set in the 50 meter maritime zone. The run down properties have given way to a short strip of tourist oriented bars and restaurants and even a Costa Rica real estate office. The next step is the construction of a beach front boardwalk in Playa del Coco that will include bathroom facilities for visitors.

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Written by Claire Saylor

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