Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) is working on obtaining a second clean beach certification, which would position it as having the longest stretch of certified recreational coastline in Mexico!
A beach span of 2,229 meters along the coast at Islas del Mar is currently under audit on its way to achieving sustainable clean beach recognition. Sustainable Clean Beach accreditation is granted by the Mexican Regulation and Certification Institute.
The audit and evaluation process includes review of different standards, from the quality of water through monitoring and laboratory tests, the application of comprehensive cleaning and environmental education programs, and the handling of beach and sea bottom residues.
The process also requires and oversees training of resort or development personnel that are part of caring for the beach front. In addition, it establishes bio-diversity and conservation programs for protected species, as well as infrastructure that provides life guard towers, security services, and visitor attention modules, among other measures.
Cesar Garcia, local director for the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT), detailed this is a wonderful opportunity for Puerto Peñasco and Islas del Mar to expand upon the number of nationally certified clean beaches, given all of the accompanying guarantees and advantages. This would be especially great for Puerto Peñasco, as it provides a higher degree of trust among beach goers when they visit a clean and safe beach.
Currently, Puerto Peñasco has the only certified sustainable clean beach in Sonora, with 1,791 meters of certified coastline stretching from Playa Bonita Hotel all the way to Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort.
Puerto Peñasco also achieved its very first Blue Flag distinction for Manny’s Beach in the Mirador, encompassing 71 linear meters.