Beginning as a nondescript rusty pier in the early 1970s,the dock in Playa del Carmen - also known as the Cozumel Pier - has evolved into one of the largest ports in the state of Quintana Roo along the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
"The total amount of this infrastructure investment is nearly $3 million,” shared Richard Houghton of Investment Properties Mexico. “The bulk of the investment money is going toward the construction of a new 56-foot-tall lighthouse,which will be one of the tallest structures in the area.”
Construction on the Cozumel Pier’s redevelopment plan actually began in January of 2014,and the majority of the renovation project will be completed by the middle of this year.
“According to Vicente Zambrano,construction superintendent of the concessionaire Navigation Veracruzana (NAVEGA),the construction is appropriate given the continuous growth of this destination,” writes The Playa Times. “He said the lighthouse will become an iconic landmark for the city.”
The original pier was built in the 1960s when Playa del Carmen rose to notoriety as an ideal place to gain passage from the mainland to the island of Cozumel. At the time,those who were unable to make the last boat back to the island would have to seek refuge from those who lived in Playa or travel 45 minutes north back to Cancun,since there were no hotels in the immediate area.
The pier was renovated and added on to in the 1970s and stood at 285 feet long and 36 feet wide,serving as the launch point for millions of visitors traveling back and forth from Cozumel to Playa over the years. Not surprisingly,it didn’t take long for beachfront hotels to start springing up in Playa del Carmen,which today is one of the most popular and sophisticated destinations in Mexico’s Rivera Maya.
“Over the course of the Easter holidays [in 2015],an estimated 3,000 people crossed between Cozumel and Playa daily,” writes The Playa Times. “When the remodeling is complete,the new pier will have the capacity to hold more than 600 people and will become a new attraction for the city.”
Today,three different ferry companies utilize the Cozumel Pier at Playa’s dock,including Barcos Mexico,Ultramar and Barcos Caribe. More than just a port of entry to and from Cozumel,the pier is an important part of history in this town and its renovation stands as yet another sign of the progressive development that is taking place in Playa del Carmen and the entire Riviera Maya region of Mexico.