On December 17, 2008, the Coastal Highway Golfo de Santa Clara - Rocky Point, of approximately 83 miles in length was inaugurated by the governor, Eduardo Bours Castelo. Prior to the completion of the Coastal Highway, the highway from Yuma to El Golfo ended when you reached El Golfo. The Coastal Highway now opens up the Sonoran Gold Coast to faster and easier access to Baja residents and those in the Western United States.
Rafael Gonzalez, Rocky Point tourism director, said the highway will bring many benefits to the Golfo de Santa Clara and Puerto Peñasco, but will also attract visitors, namely Californians. The highway, known in Mexico as "La Costera," will tap into a large potential of tourism for Sonora and Arizona, as the region attracts money from Orange County, Calif., and San Diego, Gonzalez said.
The Coastal Highway is a 310-mile long highway being built from San Luis Rio Colorado to Guaymas San Carlos. There are 4 stages of construction planned for the highway, Stage 1 most recently being completed: El Golfo de Santa Clara - Puerto Penasco. FONATUR projects that this 310-mile stretch will increase the number of hotel rooms along this highway from 2,232 (2005) to 33,355 by 2025; tourists from 1,438,196 (2005) to 7,619,302 by 2025; and increase investment in the area by over $3 Billion USD.
For more information on the Coastal Highway, please visit www.impulsor.com.mx
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