Longest stretch of certified Clean Beach coastline in Mexico to maintain distinction
The Mexican Standards and Certification Institute has once again granted Level II certification to Sandy Beach in Rocky Point. The certified clean beach extends 1700 meters, stretching from Hotel Playa Bonita to Phase III of Las Palomas Resort, encompassing Playa Bonita RV Park, Sonoran Sky, Puerta Privada, and Las Palomas Phases I and II.
This strip of beach first achieved certification as a Clean and Sustainable Beach in 2017, maintaining its value to date upon having complied with several criteria. These criteria include water quality, clean-up services, monitoring of species, biodiversity studies and solid waste management, among other aspects that directly involved hotels and resorts located along this stretch.
This distinction guarantees local and visiting beach goers that this beach is safe and clean due to all the clean-up work, care, and preservation programs undertaken in this very popular area.
“This confirms and guarantees both for local beach goers and tourists that Sandy Beach is a safe, clean, and inclusive beach,” detailed Cesar Garcia of the Federal Maritime Land Zone in Puerto Peñasco, “with excellent sea water quality, a permanent environmental education campaign, and monitoring and environmental care programs to make it worthy of maintaining a Level 2 certification for a fourth consecutive year.”
For tourist resorts, this certification, which at one point was a challenge, has become a source of pride as it encompasses ongoing clean-up work, access spots, infrastructure, and other actions that encourage an environmental culture. This has become part of the daily routine and habits among hotel establishments, indicated Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, Director of Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort.
“It has become a way of doing things, it is part of our daily activities; we no longer see it as work. Hopefully, more resorts along the beach will be inspired and begin to instill an environmental culture, as this will not only attract more tourism rather we will create cultural awareness about the environment and our main activity as a destination, which is our beautiful Sea of Cortez,” detailed Vázquez del Mercado.