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Representatives of the beach volunteers committee and park rangers receive the blue flag award at Grande Beach, Guacanaste Province.

- Photos via Institute of Tourism -

Costa Rica's beaches recognized on ecological program

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Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rican beaches are among the most popular tourist destinations in the country, according to the Institute of Tourism.

The country's coastline spans 1,228 kilometers and includes around 600 beaches.  Over 90 percent of beaches are preserved by community committees, which are mainly made up of local volunteers.

On Monday, the Ecological Blue Flag program recognized 151 community groups in the country's coastal districts.

The initiative awards committees that get five stars for taking measures to reduce the effect of pollution in the coastal zone.

The primary criteria for recognizing volunteers' efforts to protect their beaches include saltwater microbiological quality, water quality for human consumption, rubbish management, wastewater and industrial waste management, community environmental education, and security, among others.

The 50 awarded beaches are in Guanacaste, 83 in Puntarenas, and 18 on the Caribbean Coast.

The complete list of award-winning beaches was published on the institute's website.


What have you heard about beach communities pursuing the Blue Flag Award? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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