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Sinaloa moves slowly on beach certification

Of 656 kilometers of coasts, Sinaloa only has the certification of one thousand 547 meters for recreational use and 7 thousand 29 meters of priority area for conservation

, Mazatlan , Sinaloa .- Sinaloa has 656 kilometers of coastline facing the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean, has 12 bays, 15 estuaries, 14 marshes, 2 lagoons, 1 inlet, more than 14 islands and 11 river mouths, but for own and strange its main attraction are its beaches, which stretch along its coasts.

Ten of its 18 municipalities adjoin the sea, from the bay of Agiabampo, Ahome, to the mouth of the Las Cañas River, at the mouth of Teacapán ; however, only three of these municipalities have achieved the certification of one of its beaches for recreational use, which totals 1,547 meters.

The beaches certified for recreational use based on the NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2016 standard issued by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, are Playa Gaviotas, of Mazatlán, with 567 meters; Isla las Ánimas beach (El Maviri) of Ahome, with 504 meters, and Las Glorias de Guasave beach , with 476 meters.

It is in beaches certified as priority for conservation, where Sinaloa stands out, with 7 thousand 029 meters, although this extension for its ecological use and preservation is restricted to visitors, since it requires a special permit to enter them.

The beaches of Sinaloa certified as priority for conservation are Playa Isla las Animas (Maviri II) of Ahome, with 501 meters; Las Labradas Beach in San Ignacio, with 488 meters, and Camacho Verde Sanctuary in Mazatlán, with 6,040 meters.

The latter is the largest Priority Beach for Conservation that has been certified in the country, obtained conditional certification in August 2011, after a process of preparation and management of more than two years, and achieved ratification on October 5 of 2012.

Since 1986, that area became a reserve for the conservation of the sea turtle, by presidential decree; At the moment it is taken care of by a tortuguero camp, in charge of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas.

It is the zone with the highest record of turtle nesting, where species such as the Olive or Olive, Carey, Prieta and Lute, come to spawn; it is located within the Protected Natural Area called Meseta de Cacaxtla, from Delfín to Marble.

From then on, Sinaloa has made little progress in terms of certification of beaches for recreational use, compared to its competition in the North Pacific, as states such as Nayarit, Jalisco, Sonora and Baja California Sur, have more beaches and certified extensions , some internationally with the Blue Flag badge.


Nayarit has almost a third of the Sinaloa coastline, with an area of ​​289 kilometers of coastline facing the Pacific Ocean; However, that has not limited it, since it currently has 12 certified beaches with recreational use and three more beaches with distinctive Blue Flag, totaling more than 6,000 meters of beaches.

While in Sinaloa, its 6 certified beaches have a white flag with level I certification; Nayarit has 5 white flags, 7 sustainable clean flags and 3 Blue Flag.

Of those certified by the Ministry of Tourism and Semarnat, based on the NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2016 standard, three Nayarit beaches obtained level I compliance, 6 more from level II and 3 from level III.

For its part, Jalisco has a coastline of 341.9 kilometers against the Pacific, and has 5 beaches certified level I, 3 of them with white flag and 2 more with sustainable clean flags, adding an extension of 3 thousand 375 meters of recreational use , double that of Sinaloa.

Not to mention that eight of its beaches in Puerto Vallarta have the distinctive Blue Flag: Amapas, Camarones, Conchas Chinas I, Concha Chinas II, Garza Blanca, Palmares, Playa de Oro and Sheraton Beach.

In the case of Baja California Sur, its coastline is 2 thousand 230 kilometers, and has 3 certified beaches in compliance levels I, II and III, with 3 white flags and 2 sustainable clean flags, totaling one thousand 270 meters of recreational use.

To this is added its 21 beaches certified with the international Blue Flag label, distributed in La Paz and Los Cabos.

Sonora with a thousand 207 kilometers of coastline, has a single certified beach level II based on the NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2016, which has clean sustainable flag and its extension exceeds almost three recreational use of Sinaloa , with 1,520 meters, it stays down by 27 meters difference.

And finally, Colima, with a coastline of 160 kilometers in front of the Pacific, has a certified beach with level I recreational use, with clean sustainable flag, which totals 395 meters.


On March 26 of this year, the State Commissioner for Protection against Sanitary Risks of Sinaloa, Jorge Alan Urbina, informed that Coepriss has permanently sampled seawater, strategically in the 22 beaches of the main destinations. of the entity, highlighting that since 2005 the results of this monitoring, regarding the quality of seawater, have been satisfactory during the holiday periods.

He reiterated that there is a commitment to protect the health of the entire population, so throughout the year are sampled and analyzed the state of the beaches and the results have been satisfactory.

The objective of this program, apart from including the evaluation of water quality, is explained, is to establish necessary measures in those places that represent health risks to achieve a better environmental quality of the beaches, and have a tool that allows to the health authorities to establish a uniform criterion in the development of the Contact Water Project.

However, to date, this monitoring with satisfactory results has not served to achieve the certification of more Sinaloan beaches, except for the re-certification of three of them.

During the XIII National Meeting of Clean Beaches that took place in Huatulco, Oaxaca, last July, the Mexican Institute for Standardization and Certification delivered the re-certification to the El Maviri, Verde Camacho and Playa Gaviotas beaches.

From that meeting it was informed that the goals of the Clean Beaches Program in the next four years are to install Clean Beaches Committees in the 10 municipalities of the State of Sinaloa, to raise the quality of Sinaloan waters, to have a Management System Integral of solid urban waste for the beach, certify 24 beaches, certify 36 kilometers of coastal coastline, ensure that each municipality has its management and work program, and have programs and activities of education and environmental dissemination that promote the participation of employees, schoolchildren, community and government.

If these goals are met, in four years Sinaloa will have surpassed by far all the sun and beach destinations in the northwest area of ​​the country, but until then it will continue in the last places of beach certification.


Based on the NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2016 standard issued by the Federal Ministry of Tourism and Semarnat:



Isla Las Animas, El Maviri, Ahome: 504 m, Recreational use, White flag

Sanctuary El Verde Camacho, Mazatlán: 6 thousand 040 meters, Priority for Conservation, BB

Gaviotas, Mazatlán: 567 m, Recreational use, White flag

Las Labradas, San Ignacio: 488 m, Priority for Conservation, White Flag

Isla las Ánimas (The Maviri II), Ahome: 501 m, Priority for Conservation, White Flag

Las Glorias, Guasave: 476 m, Recreational use, White flag


6 certified beaches, level I

3 with recreational use: 1,547 meters

3 Priorities for conservation: 7,029 m

Certified extension: 8, 576 meters


12 certified beaches, 3 of level III, 6 of level II and 3 of level I

5 white flags, 3,562 meters

7 Sustainable Clean Flags, 2,647 meters

Certified extension, with recreational use: 6,209 meters

More 3 beaches with distintito Blue Flag


5 certified beaches, level I

3 White Flags, 2,328 m

2 Sustainable Clean Flags, 1,047 m

Certified extension: 3,375 m

More 8 beaches with distinctive Blue Flag


3 certified beaches, levels III, II, I

Beaches for recreational use, with Clean and Sustainable flag

Extension: 1,270 m

More 21 beaches with distintito Blue Flag


1 certified beach, level II

Recreational use and with a Sustainable Clean flag: 1,520 m

Certified extension: 1,520


1 certified beach, level I

Recreational use and Sustainable Clean flag

Extension: 395 m


Beaches for recreational use:

-Water quality

-Solid waste

-Coastal infrastructure


-Security and services

-Environmental education

Priority beaches for conservation:

-Water quality

-Solid waste

-Coastal infrastructure

-Security and services

-Contamination by noise

-Environmental education


Promote environmental quality, sanitary, safety and beach services.

Identify and prevent environmental risks and impacts.

Improve the image and competitiveness of the destination.

Protect the environment and the conservation of biodiversity.

Place the destination to the international vanguard in relation to similar schemes.



Banderas Bay: Nuevo Vallarta North Beach and the Huanacaxtle’s Cross Marina.

Santa María del Oro: Laguna Santa María del Oro.


Puerto Vallarta: Amapas, Shrimp, Conchas Chinas I, Concha Chinas II, Garza Blanca, Palmares, Playa de Oro and Sheraton Beach.


La Paz: El Corumuel Beach and Marina Cortez.

Los Cabos: Acapulquito, El Chileno, El Corsario, Hacienda, La Ribera, Las Viudas, Médano Breathless, Medano Casa Dorada, Médano Club Cascadas de Baja, Médano ME Cabo, Medano Pueblo Bonito Cabos, Medano Pueblo Bonito Rose, Medano Riu Palace Los Cabos, Medano Villa del Palmar, Medano Villa El Arco, Medano Villa La Estancia, Playa Palmilla and Santa Maria Beach.

Source: Sol de Mazatlan

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