Puerto Vallarta’s Certified Beaches


The great thing about taking a beach vacation in Mexico is that the Mexican government is very careful about maintaining its leading world position for great vacations. In order to secure the safety and cleanliness of its beaches, there is an official department in charge of making sure that its beaches are up to national and international standards. Last year, Mexico’s Interstate Clean Beach Committee Meeting LXVII commended the states of both Nayarit (Nuevo Vallarta) and Jalisco (Puerto Vallarta) for their dedication and commitment to maintaining their beaches clean and safe.

In 2013, ten popular beaches in the Banderas Bay area received certification by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC) in accordance with the standard: NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006. This is a great move forward for Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta’s beaches, as more and more money is being invested into making sure that the beaches are kept clean and safe.

The certification is carried out by independent evaluators from the IMNC who take samples of the sea water and sand, and ensure that local wastewater treatments and disposal are up to standard as well as assess the levels of policing and safety. There are other standards that the beaches have to meet such as no fishing, vegetation should be natural to the local environment and the results from water samples should be on display.

All of these measure help to continue to keep the standards of Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta’s beaches high and to reassure visitors of the cleanliness of the Banderas Bay.

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