What does the Blue Flag mean at the beaches in Cabo?

You might have noticed the Blue Flag classification on certain beaches in the Cabo area and wondered what it meant. In short, its a tremendous program to help recover, restoration, and maintain coastal ecosystems. 

The Blue Flag program is international network of beaches and marinas around the world. To display the Blue Flag, it signifies that a location has met a set of very specific international quality, safety, and environmental standards.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an international project directed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). To be eligible, a beach must meet the program’s 33 requirements. After filing an application with the National Operator, a national jury evaluates the applicants for compliance with the Blue Flag criteria.

The 33 criteria that each beach must meet before approval cover a diverse range of issues, including:

  • Environmental education and information
  • Water quality
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and services
  • Environmental education and information
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and service
  • Water quality

For example, beaches must hold environmental education activities for the public on a regular basis. They must also comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements. Camping and unauthorized motor vehicles are restricted from operating on the beach. They must also provide bins for waste and recyclable materials. And maybe most significantly, they restricting access of pets. A full list of the criteria is available at http://www.blueflag.global.

There are 4,154 Blue Flag beaches and marinas in 49 different countries. Once a beach or marina has earned the Blue Flag certification, it must be renewed annually.

There are 53 total Blue Flag beaches in Mexico, including 17 in the Cabo area:

  • Acapulquito
  • El Chileno
  • El Corsario
  • Hacienda
  • Las Viudas
  • Palmilla
  • Santa María
  • La Ribera
  • Médano Breathless
  • Médano Casa Dorada
  • Médano Club Cascadas de Baja
  • Médano ME Cabo
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Cabos
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Rose
  • Médano Riu Palace Los Cabos
  • Médano Riu Santa Fe
  • Médano Villa Del Palmar
  • Médano Villa El Arco
  • Médano Villa La Estancia

For all of us Cabo lovers out there, the above beaches which maintain Blue Flag status further signifies that they provide and maintain a clean, safe, and sustainable experience for everyone. Hope to see more go this direction in the future!

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