Until recently, Nayarit's Litibu project remained a dream on paper with a lot of dirt being pushed around. With President Vicente Fox's visit, attention immediately moved CIP (Centro Integralmente Planeado, or comprehensive planned center) to the front page. From what was actually part of a long-range development project by investors and the government of Nayarit, Litibu got the green light. Anyone who has visited in the last few months is aware that the earth is already moving with highway expansion and construction en route to Punta de Mita. Turn right at the sign that says Higuera Blanca and you see further expansion and construction.

With an investment of $522 million pesos, currently around $50 million USD, the Mexican government inaugurated the project that will include a solid infrastructure of roads, schools, hospitals and commercial centers. A total of 14,500 rooms will offer a variety of upscale establishments with five-star and boutique hotels prime among them. Three world-class golf courses will be created by major designers, bringing the entire area up to par with any destination in the world. A new marina will provide 150 slips for yachts and sailboats. And a theme park, styled after Xcaret, located near Playa del Carmen, will enhance human interaction with nature in a non-intrusive way.

Expected to generate a million visitors per year, the project will employ around 36,000 people. Investments are open to private parties, even while much of the project focused on tourism will be developed by companies of worldwide renown. This low-density, low-impact development responds to the demand for high-end living in a natural setting, whether residential or vacation.