Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The mayor of Playa del Carmen says Solidaridad City Council is working on opening 35 public beach access areas to ensure everyone can enjoy the Mexican coast.
Playa del Carmen mayor Laura Beristain Navarrete says with support of the General Directorate of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, they seek to respect the rights of everyone to enjoy the beaches, allowing more space for recreation.
Laura Beristain stressed that the beaches are enjoyed by millions of national and international tourists who visit Riviera Maya annually, however, poor infrastructure development planning in the coastal zone has hampered public beach access.
“We need to guarantee free access and ensure that everyone, without any distinction, be able to enjoy the beaches on equal terms,” she said.
She says of the 35 public beach access areas in the process of opening, most will be in Puerto Aventuras and the others in Playa del Carmen.
The announcement of the new public beach access areas was made during the same weekend as a mass beach picnic was held outside Mamita’s Beach Club in Playa del Carmen where hundreds of locals arrived to enjoy the beach area.
The event was held after two tourists from Mexico City were forcefully removed and eventually arrested from the concessioned beach area of Mamita’s Beach Club for not buying food from the restaurant.