Protecting the environment from seen and unforeseen dangers is still a great concern for humanitarians, and ordinary citizens. Our waters provide life sustaining elements, and resources that are vital for human growth and development. When those resources are threatened, considerable measures are taken to ensure that waters are safe.
Blue Flag Program Improves Water Quality for Costa Rican Environment
One program that takes water quality seriously is the Blue Flag Ecology Program. The program exists due to a joint merger between Costa Rican authorities, the Ministry of Environment and of Public Health, the National Water Service and other organizations in Costa Rica with a strong interest in keeping the beaches free from unsanitary conditions.
The Blue Flag Program in Costa Rica addresses the criteria needed to maintain the water quality of beaches and oceans. The program also focuses on the quality of water usage and maintenance in such areas affecting drinking, tourism, sanitation, and community usage. Beaches with a high rating of 90% are awarded with the Blue Flag status. These beaches are also monitored on a regularly basis.
Blue Flag Awareness
Beach communities that wish to participate in the Blue Flag Ecology Program can do so by joining the Blue Flag Program. Since the program has started, there is healthy competition among community beaches. Authorities are also inspired to help promote the importance of improving the water quality for life sustaining purposes, and entertainment / tourism.
Tourists can enjoy their stay in Costa Rica knowing that their vacation can be spent on any one of Costa Rican’s great eco friendly beaches. The Blue Flag Ecology Program meets and exceeds the needs communities have in transforming their beaches environmentally and naturally. Residents, businesses, and tourists in Costa Rica are all part of a growing eco friendly environment, that keeps giving back. As the program continues to be a success, more and more communities are taking an active role in making their beaches eco safe and friendly.
In Manuel Antonio, we have several Blue Flag designations on our neighboring beaches. Come for a visit to Makanda by the Sea and experience not only our rainforests but also our warm tropical water and beautiful palm tree lined coastline!