2010 Travel News ArchiveTravel

Playa Dorada and Blue Flag

The Playa Dorada beach Blue Flag certification has been ratified for the second consecutive year. The beach faces the Grand Paradise Playa Dorada hotel, operated by Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts.

The Institute of Environmental Law in the DR (IDARD) issued the certificate to the beach for 2010-2011. There are seven Blue Flag beaches in the DR.

Getting the certification is one thing, and keeping it is even harder.

Requirements for this prestigious accreditation are expensive and rigorous. Beach water quality is constantly monitored and maintained at high European standards, information and environmental education programs need to be in place, as well as environmental management, security and services at the beach, such as a lifeguard every 100 meters and public bathrooms.

Water quality monitoring is combined with programs for educating beach users.

Blue Flag beaches in the DR are:

La Laguna (Dominicus) in Bayahibe, Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana – Dreams Palm Beach, Grand Oasis, Natura Park.

Puerto Plata: Costa Dorada Grand Oasis and Costa Dorada Iberostar. Playa Dorada I and Playa Dorada II.

See www.blueflag.org