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World-Class marina Begins Construction in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Date Posted: 2020-08-17
Source: Staff Report


A new, world-class marina village and resort has started construction in Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This will include 175 wet slips for yachts up to 125’, luxury residential villas and retail.

Marina Flamingo is being developed by Saginaw, Michigan based Shaheen Development and Marina Flamingo Development Group, SRL. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin based F3 Marina will manage the marina portion of the project located in one of the best sport fishing regions of the world.

Marina Flamingo will include amenities such as restaurants and shopping, high-speed fuel station, pump-out, customs office, 100-amp electrical service, state of the art floating dockage, VIP services, storage and parking.

An upscale hotel and conference center and additional development will be included in subsequent phases. The Costa Rican Coast Guard will also share space in the marina bordered by newly formed armor rock creating a calm and well-protected basin.

“Marina Flamingo is becoming a reality as the result of a collaboration with local governmental and private stakeholders.


This project will set the standard for delivering a world-class experience for boaters while preserving the environment through sustainable development.” Says Samuel Shaheen President, Marina Flamingo Development Group.
More and more super-yachts are migrating to the Pacific Coast of Central America as an alternative to traditional cruising grounds. With its location outside of the hurricane belt and in the safest Latin American country, the pristine waters and natural beauty of Costa Rica allow Marina Flamingo to draw larger vessels from Central America, the United States and the Caribbean.

Additionally, the waters off the Costa Rican Coast are considered one of the best fishing regions in the world for marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, sailfish and others that will draw sportfishing vessels along with a charter boat fleets to the marina.

Playa Flamingo also hosts the popular Presidential Challenge International Sailfish Tournament annually. Near national parks, championship golfing, ATV, horseback riding, hiking and other activities, Playa Flamingo provides yacht owners and guests plenty of options to enjoy the area.


“Marina Flamingo has all the ingredients and amenities to meet the needs of the most demanding international yacht owners. They will enjoy first-class service, the latest in quality floating piers, high-speed fuel, shopping, and restaurants, while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Costa Rican Gold Coast.” Says John Matheson with F3 Marina. “We will be able to perform haul-outs for service, storage, ships store and VIP Club along with the Marina Village making this a true destination marina.”

“From the moment we arrived in Playa Flamingo, we knew then that we would be joining an extraordinary journey. F3 Marina is privileged to be trusted with the management of Marina Flamingo, and we look forward to welcoming all boaters to experience a state of the art facility, with an exceptional array of amenities to satisfy all expectations,” says Alain Giudice, Senior Vice President, F3 Marina.

The Marina Flamingo development is the result of collaboration with the central government of Costa Rica, municipal Government of Santa Cruz, the Costa Rican Coast Guard, The United States Department of State, the US Ambassador to Costa Rica and the local Flamingo Association, Asociacion Pro Mejoras de Playa Flamingo.


The construction for Phase I including the 134 slips of the marina, is expected to conclude in the fall of 2021 with total project completion in 2023.
F3 Marina is a leading manager of marinas all over the US and Central America, focusing on the delivery of an exceptional experience for yacht owners and visitors.
Additional information is available on the official website at VisitMarinaFlamingo.com

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