Within the history of the growth of first the area's tourism then laterPlaya del Carmen real estate, one important landmark was essential in giving the area it's start; the ferry terminal to Cozumel. During 2011, this terminal is to see large-scale investment and modernization.
The endorsement of the plan to modernize Playa del Carmen's ferry terminal was signed in early March, 2011, with the purpose of giving greater strength to Quintana Roo's tourism infrastructure and improve a terminal that enjoys very passenger traffic. The project will comprehensive, including expansion as well as modernization of the terminal.
This ferry terminal served as the first attraction to pass through Playa del Carmen after Cancun was created (from scratch) 40 years ago, and tourists made their way to visit the nearby island of Cozumel. At the time, Playa del Carmen was a tiny fishing village. Visitors soon began to notice the charm of the town itself, and the main street - Fifth Avenue - running parallel to the beach.
Little by little the number of visitors grew, and soon it started becoming the main destination, instead of just a place for lunch along the way. During the 90s interest in Playa del Carmen condos for sale began to grow, and an expat community started appearing. During the next decade, Playa del Carmen property values took off, and the area saw its boom, becoming the fastest growing community in Latin America, and continuing to offer excellent real estate opportunities to this day.
While the later growth became quite independent from the original purpose of visitors to use the ferry terminal, the role of this service is unquestionably important, and the terminal continues to be an important service for tourists in the entire area. It's modernization is an important move for Playa del Carmen, offering both tourists and residents an improved transportation service to Cozumel.
Currently, this dock sees about 3 million passengers annually, making it an essential infrastructure feature for the area's tourism.
The modernization is part of a larger project to develop various ports throughout the area, and follows the modernization of the ferry terminal in Cozumel, which is currently a first-class marine terminal, and means that both ends of this route will have world class facilities. The dimensions of the areas for berthing and the service areas allow for the possibility that the terminal could welcome larger vessels in the future, as well as thousands of passengers more.
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