Mexico has a department in charge of ensuring that the beaches in the main tourist areas meet strict standards of cleanliness and quality. This year, 2013 the Interstate Clean Beach Committee Meeting LXVII commended the states of Jalisco and Nayarit for their commitment to the cleanliness of their beaches.
Ten beaches in the Banderas Bay area were certified by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC) in accordance with standard: NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006, leading the country in its pledge to ensure the cleanliness of Mexico’s coastline. In 2013, there were four beaches certified in Puerto Vallarta in addition to six beaches in Nuevo Vallarta.
IMNC sends accredited evaluators to assess beaches for their cleanliness (including sand and sea water), municipal wastewater treatment and disposal, clean up programs, safety and policing. Beaches that receive the coveted certification will have meet all of these criteria including having a no fishing policy, vegetation that is natural to the region and the results of water sample testing for the public to see.
This is a great step forward for hotels and resorts in Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit as the standards of their beaches take center stage. Visitors to beaches in Banderas Bay can also trust the quality of the beaches and swim in the ocean without fear of an infection or disagreeable experience.