Noam Schwartz may be retired, but he is hardly leading the typical retiree lifestyle. Often described as the savior of Golfito, Mr. Schwartz has a previous background in real estate and is now applying that experience toward reviving the coastal town of Golfito. With hundreds of projects in the Southwestern United States under his belt, Mr. Schwartz is now focused on developing a new marina and resort.
The Once Glorious Past of Golfito
In the mid-1940s, the sleepy town of Golfito served as the Chiquita Banana headquarters. For generations, the families of Golfito worked for Chiquita. Railroad tracks crisscrossed the area, making their way to an extensive pier, where boats would collect bananas being transported on four massive conveyer belts. From there, the bananas would be transported directly to the United States via the nearby Panama Canal. While the banana industry continued for years, during the late 1970s, Chiquita Banana made the decision to close down the plantation. Within just a few months, the entire operation was shut down, leaving families and an entire town with no work opportunities. Since that time, local families have struggled to get by, working at cultivating the land and marketing souvenirs to tourists.
Golfito Rises from the Past
Situated in Puntarenas Province along the southern Pacific Coast near the Panama border, the town of Golfito is comprised of two parts, a residential area located near the port and the downtown district. During the mid-1990s, tourists began to arrive in the area. Within just a few years, sport fishing had become the most popular activity in the area, drawing large numbers of tourists each year. The establishment of a Duty Free Shopping Centre serves to attract shoppers from other areas of Costa Rica. The rise of the sport fishing industry in Golfito has led to the development of hotels and lodges in the local area, most of which boast their own sport fishing fleets. Other popular pastimes in the area include boating and yachting. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, including Pavones, Pilon and Playa Zancudo, Golfito is also developing a reputation for excellent surfing. The safe water approach here also makes the area an ideal destination for sailing.
While it has taken several years to receive permit approval for the construction of a large marina catering to sport fishing, world-class fishing, and eco-tourism, it was recently announced that construction is finally underway. Boasting a distinctive location that had previously remained inaccessible to visitors, the new marina and resort will serve as the crown jewel of Golfito’s burgeoning tourism industry. With the completion of the marina, this coastal town will serve as a new luxury charger destination for superyachts from around the world. Developers have worked closely with the community and local authorities to ensure the project remains eco-focused. The result will be a world-class luxury resort and marina in one of the most beautiful places in not only Costa Rica but also the world. Noam Schwartz, who heads of the development team charged with the construction of Golfito Marina Village & Resort, has stated that the team is committed to embracing the local environment through their design.
Construction of New Marina in Costa Rica on Schedule
The first phase of development is scheduled to be completed in 2015. This phase will include 50 yacht slips with private, secure berths that will accommodate yachts up to 350 in length. Eventually, 132 yacht slips will be completed. Also included in the world-class marina will be a yacht club, onsite customs, immigration, restaurants, and a full service boat yard. Premier accommodations will also be provided for yacht captains and crew. As a safe harbor, Golfito Bay is the only pick-up zone for yacht transport ships that has been approved along the west coast of Central and South America.
Residential and resort development is slated to begin once the construction of the marina has begun. Offering spectacular views of Golfito Bay, the villas will feature floorplans with two to six bedrooms. Visitors and residents will be able to take advantage of numerous amenities, including swimming pools, fitness facilities, an open-air spa, and a restaurant with a nightclub. A full-service concierge service will also be made available to assist tourists with making arrangements for local touring packaging, including such activities as zip-lining, rainforest excursions, horseback riding, rafting, surfing, and sport fishing.