The new list of 2019-2020 Blue Flag Beach Certifications makes it easier than ever to find the best beaches in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, with 20 white-sand beaches in the Mexican Caribbean making the coveted list this year! About half of the Blue Flag Beaches in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are located in Cancun, with the others located nearby in Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos.
On July 1, 2019, nine new beaches in the Mexican Caribbean will be able to raise a Blue Flag for the first time, while 12 have re-qualified for the status, which signals the beach is in prime condition. The certification process evaluates 33 criteria, including the cleanliness of the sand and water quality, as well as safety, environmental educational efforts, on-site facilities and other amenities at the beaches. Here is a brief rundown of the Riviera Maya’s best beaches, according to the coveted Blue Flag Certification Team:
Situated just offshore from Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres has earned three Blue Flag Beach Certifications for the 2019-2020 season. On Isla Mujeres, Playa Norte, Playa Centro and Albatros Beach will all be able to fly the flags this year. While Playa Norte and Albatros Beach are both new to the exclusive designation, Playa Centro - which also has lifeguards available on the beach and is free to the public - has maintained its Blue Flag status since 2015.
Situated just north of the Riviera Maya region on the Mexican Caribbean coast, Cancun is home to the largest number of Blue Flag beaches in the area. This year, the beaches at Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Iberostar Cancun, and Live Aqua Cancun earned the coveted award for the first time, while Playa Ballenas, Chac Mool, Coral Beach, Playa Delfines, El Niño, Las Perlas and Playa Marlín were all re-certified, thanks to the pristine condition of the white sand beaches and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The beautiful beach at Vista del Mar in Puerto Morelos has earned this idyllic Mexican Caribbean beach town its first Blue Flag Certification for the 2019-2020 season. Situated just south of Cancun and just north of downtown Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos is a former fishing village that has retained its charming small-town feel despite its growth and popularity among tourists.
Playa del Carmen
Last but definitely not least, the thriving international city of Playa del Carmen holds seven Blue Flag Beach Certifications for the 2019-2020 season, including newcomers Iberostar Tucan, Iberostar Quetzal and Playa Paraíso, along with re-certifications for the beaches at Kantenah Bay, Playa 88, Punta Esmeralda, and Xcalacoco, Situated about 45 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest-growing beach towns in the world, offering world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, along with easy access to ancient Mayan ruins, Cozumel island and the world’s second largest barrier reef, which lies just off shore.
Mexico has earned more Blue Flag Certifications than any other country in the Americas, with 44 Blue Flag Beaches and three marinas holding the title. Mexico ranks 13th out of 45 nations that participate in the program worldwide.
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