Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two more Playa del Carmen beaches have been officially recognized as Blue Flag.
Punta Esmeralda and Xcalacoco beaches were officially recognized with Blue Flags Friday. Hugo Uribe Nicolás, director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, said that these two beaches are in addition to the other two of the municipality.
“It is a very important recognition for the municipality, a work that the municipal president, Cristina Torres undertook and achieved because it had not been possible in several previous administrations.
“We encountered obstacles such as theft and vandalism and many situations, but now that we have them, we educate people to take care of them,” explained Uribe Nicolás.
Although an investment cost to upgrade the beach areas was not provided, Uribe Nicolás did say that the work for the latest two beaches was achieved thanks to the participation not only of the Zofemat, but also of private companies and the Directorate of Infrastructure, Urban Development.
To become Blue Flag beaches, environmental cleanliness along with infrastructure including the construction of bathrooms, showers and disability access were added.
The Blue Flag badge is promoted by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Mexico and granted to coastal beaches whose managers implement sustainable practices with the environment, services and social responsibility.
There are now four Blue Flag beaches in Riviera Maya. Punta Esmeralda, Xcalacoco, Kantenah and Playa 88.