Puerto Cancun

Located in the tropical climate of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, on the north edge of the Caribbean Sea, Cancun attracts nearly 5 million tourists each year. Considering its prime location within Cancun, the new Puerto Cancun development is likely to attract a large share of the local tourism market, as well as Cancun’s residents.

With a focus on luxury, Puerto Cancun is making good use of its location on the last stretch of undeveloped beach in Cancun’s hotel zone. The 800-acre site is being developed to have 350 residential home sites and more than 2,000 condominium units, as well as more than 5,000 hotel rooms in five-star facilities.

Additionally, the site includes a marina for 175 yachts up to 125 feet in length; an 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf; the Resort Village that will feature a range of dining and entertainment options; a business park; and a 200-acre ecological reserve with various types of wildlife and more than 100 species of plants.

Puerto Cancun’s development is backed by Mexico’s Fondo Nacional de Turismo (FONATUR), which is the country’s national trust for the promotion of tourism. The site has been designed by IEDSA, a planning and landscape architecture firm, and Humberto Artigas, an interdisciplinary architectural firm. The site’s developers include GICSA, Hansa Urbana, Homa & Homa, Maioris Internacional, U-Calli, VBC Consulting, Grupo Icon, Becherano Arquitectos, Desarrolladora Acrosur, Diomeda and Constructora GAR del Sureste.

“Puerto Cancun [is] a personal statement of style and class on the shores of the Mexican Caribbean,” FONATUR says. “[Puerto Cancun will have] an unprecedented level of luxury and amenities in perfect harmony with the unspoiled beauty of Cancun.”

Construction on Puerto Cancun’s infrastructure began in December 2003 and was substantially completed in June 2010. Contractors currently are finishing some minor projects and installing signage and lighting. The marina and golf course are both completed and will be officially opened soon.

Everything In One Place

More than $110 million has been invested so far in Puerto Cancun’s infrastructure, which was substantially completed in fall 2010; the golf course and marina opened in early 2011. The residential portion of Puerto Cancun continues to develop quickly, and its retail and entertainment sector has been open since 2009, although construction is ongoing.

Puerto Cancun’s residential lots have been selling well to local and international buyers, which is not surprising considering all the site has to offer and its “city within a city” development philosophy. In addition to the marina, golf course, retail, dining and entertainment options available to the resort guests, residents of Puerto Cancun will enjoy:

  • A private clubhouse with beach access, restaurant, gym and spa facilities exclusively for homeowners
  • Two parks for family activities
  • A private and gated entrance

Residential lots are situated on the ocean, on the marina and canals, and on the golf course. Many lots are on the water, allowing owners to dock their boats at home.

Additionally, according to the developer, Puerto Cancun was designed to withstand the natural elements an ocean-front community is likely to face, ensuring these homes are a sound investment for homeowners.

Economic Investments

Set against the world’s second-longest coral reef and nearby a number of Mayan archaeological sites, Cancun offers the lush scenery and variety of activities many tourists are looking for, and Puerto Cancun is working to ensure their stay is as enjoyable as their natural surroundings. Puerto Cancun’s hotel zone will offer five-star facilities, and these resorts will be located on the ocean or the marina.

In total, Puerto Cancun expects to invest more than $125 million in the site’s infrastructure, and it is estimated that third-party developers will invest more than $1 billion into the project. Additionally, Puerto Cancun expects to create 10,000 direct jobs and 25,000 indirect jobs as the result of its development.

There were some challenges in the construction of the development:

  • During the exterior and interior canal digging, contractors encountered “extremely hard” rock.
  • It was difficult to maintain the high rhythm of the terrain filling because “although we had an excess of material and the capacity to receive and process it, there was a deficit of vehicles to transport it,” Puerto Cancun says.
  • Puerto Cancun had to respect a series of environmental conditions imposed on the project by the local, state and federal governments.

Puerto Cancun stresses, however, that throughout the project, high safety standards were maintained and only minor accidents occurred on site, “such as cuts and finger splints.”

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