Coastal Master Planning Around the World (1)

Coastal Master Planning Around the World (1)

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Thanks to Google Earth we can now have a bird’s eye view of coastal master planning. In our case how the first 300 meters of beach front compares across the world.

A destination is more than just a collection of hotels

A resort destination is more than just a coastal road with a collection of beach front hotels. How does master planning help to enhance the value of a resort destination? This is an important question to think about because over the long term the value of a destination partly hinges on how well its been planned.  Good master planning is about putting in place good hardware ie town planning and civil infrastructure. Add in good software and you’ve the makings of great destinations.

Thinking about your most important customer

Good planning also considers visitor experience. As you go through these plans think of yourself as a tourist getting around town. You will likely not be driving. Are you relegated to narrow pavements? Fighting local traffic? Needing a taxi every time you want to get out of the hotel? And worrying about getting ripped off by the taxi driver?  Do you feel like you’ve been ignored? Planning-wise.

More thought goes into planning resort hotels than resort destinations. Resort planners seem to have forgotten their most important customer – the visitor. How many destinations give serious consideration to visitor accessibility?  If you’re an investor would you invest in a location with a well thought out master plan (all else being equal)?

Notice the differences

As you look notice the general differences between continents – parcel size, pedestrian space, organizing axis, set backs and development density.

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Waikiki, Hawaii

One reason why Hawaii is such a draw – resort planners actually thought about visitor experience

Waikiki Hawaii Resort Master Plan


Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The Galleria is a great idea but it should have been accessible from the beach front as well

Nusa Dua Bali Master Plan


Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia

Opportunity to enhance the beach front. See also this post on Pantai Cenang.

Pantai Cenang Langkawi Malaysia Master Plan


 Pantai Cenang close up

Pantai Cenang Beach


 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

Where do you go if you’re not staying in one of the hotels

Batu Ferringhi Master Plan


Batu Ferringhi close up

Batu Ferringhi Beach Lots


 Chaweng, Ko Samui, Thailand

Chaweng Beach Master Plan Ko Samui Thailand


 Chaweng Beach close up

Great beachfront.  How about if you’re a pedestrian?

Chaweng Beach Typical Hotel Parcel


 Hua Hin, Thailand

Wish it was easier getting to town

Hua Hin Typical Hotel Parcel


 Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya Hotel Land Parcel Thailand


Nha Trang, Vietnam

Similar layout as in European coastal towns (see below)

Nha Trang Master Plan Vietnam


 Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne Land Parcels Vietnam


 Yalong Bay, Hainan, China

No guessing why the commercial core lacks a crowd

Yalong Bay Master Plan, Hainan, China


Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Fantastic vehicular accessibility

Surfer's Paradise Australia Master Plan


 Rimini, Italy

One of the few destinations with an organizing element. Also, start noticing the difference in parcel size between Thai and European plans.

Rimini Italy Master Plan


Nice, France

Nice France Master Plan


Nice, France close up

Nice France Beach Front


Blankenberger, Belgium

The planners paid attention to the visitor experience on this beach front

Blankenberge Belgium Beach Front


Seaside, Florida, USA

While not a resort town Seaside is an interesting idea for a walkable residential coastal town.

Seaside Florida Master Plan


 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Yalong plus marina?

Puerto Vallarta Mexico Master Plan


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Mexico Beach Front

More destinations will be included in the next installment.


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