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Some beach visitors asked to pay for free facilities

Cancun, Q.R. – Authorities are warning beachgoers that it is not necessary to pay to use local beaches.

Federal Directorate of Maritime Region (Zofemat) said it has received 10 citizen complaints this past week alone in regard to beachgoers being charged to use various beach facilities around Cancun. Many of the Blue Flag beaches in Cancun, such as Playa Defines, are completely free. That includes the use of standing palapas as well as bathroom facilities.

They say in some cases, people are requesting that visitors pay 50 peso per person to use beach facilities while others are requesting tips for use of the bathrooms.

José Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, director of Zofemat Benito Juarez says that, “The facilities are completely free. White beach chairs marked with “Zofemat” are free, so people only need to look for the logos. They cannot charge a single penny for the use of these facilities.”

He explained that “The hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and that during this period the use is completely free and open, so people need to know that no one can collect money from them.” After 4:00 p.m. the chairs are stored away, but the permanent palapas remain free for public use.

He does, however, add that if visitors to the beach wish to use other beach furniture that belong to surrounding dealers, those dealers can collect money for use of their beach furniture.

Cancun beaches that are completely free to use include Chac Mool, Playa Delfines, Playa del Niño, Las Perlas, Ballenas and Marlín. Each of these beaches has Blue Flag certification and do not charge a fee to use the facilities, including the bathrooms.

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