According to Rodrigo Castro, security officer of the National Port Company in San Juan del Sur, the expansion will include five new buildings, a craft market, recreational areas and commercial businesses.
Furthermore, the ability to dock at the port terminal will increase from one to four tenders (small boats used to transport cruise passengers to the ground) at the same time. This will allow tourists arriving at the port through a cruise ship to board in less time and disembark quicker to visit different destinations in the country.
San Juan del Sur is currently one of Nicaragua’s tourism hotspots. It has been listed twice as one of the top 10 beaches in Central America and even been home to two seasons of Survivor.
The overall goal of the project is to improve San Juan Del Sur’s infrastructure to receive even more tourists in the upcoming years
2013 was a year of growth for Nicaragua’s tourism. Officials of the General Immigration Department (DGME, for its acronym in Spanish) informed that tourism in the country increased 1.26 percent over the previous year. Of the people who visited Nicaragua last year, 2.3 million were foreigners while the remaining 2 million were Nicaraguan migrants. Over the past holidays alone, the authorities informed that over 20,000 people visited San Juan del Sur.
For the 2013-2014 cruise season, which began last October and will end in May, 28 ships are expected to dock at the port of San Juan del Sur, where 35,000 tourists will descend.
Last year, the port of San Juan del Sur also obtained, for the third time, the safe harbor certification that will force until June 28, 2018, in compliance with the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities. This certification ensures safety for tourists and companies that use the port terminal.