Dominican Republic: Blue Flag Renewed for 2014 – Travel Trade Caribbean

Dominican Republic.-La Laguna Dominicus beach (in the Bayahibe hotel zone) and the Cabeza de Toro Be Live Punta Cana beach announced their having renewed their Blue Flag international certification for the 2013-2014 period. The new flags will be hoisted next December 5.

The distinction is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a European international NGO, through the Institute of Environmental Law of the Dominican Republic.

The international jury of the Blue Flag program carries out a rigorous process of assessment of each beach, checking that they meet the demanding environmental requirements. The Blue Flag guarantees that the beach is clean, safe and that the quality of its waters and services is constantly monitored.

“The 2013-2014 Blue Flag certification,” noted the jury, “reaffirms the operator’s commitment to the responsible environmental management of the coastal and sea zone. It is a way of urging them to continue implementing good environmental practices, as well as promoting environmental education among the beach users. Maintaining the Blue Flag certification,” it said, “will depend on the permanent commitment of all the program’s criteria during the certification period.”

The Bayahibe La Laguna Dominicus beach can boast of having hoisted in 2004 the first Blue Flag in the American continent. Ever since then, many other Dominican beaches have requested and obtained this ecological award that is very attractive for tourists. Last year 18 Dominican beaches were certified by the Blue Flag program. This is the list published on the webpage of the Institute of Environmental Law of the Dominican Republic (www.idard.org.do)

Blue Flag – 2012-2013 Certified Beaches

East Zone

• Bayahibe

La Laguna Dominicus

• Punta Cana

Arena Gorda Bahía Príncipe Punta Cana beach

Arena Gorda Barceló Punta Cana beach

Arena Gorda Hard Rock & Casino Punta Cana beach

Arena Gorda Iberostar beach

Bávaro Palladium beach

El Cortecito Barceló Dominican Beach

Cabeza de Toro Be Live Punta Cana beach

Cabeza de Toro Natura Park beach

Bávaro Paradisus Palma Real beach

Bávaro Complejo Barceló beach

North Zone

• Puerto Plata

Costa Dorada Be Live Marien beach

Costa Dorada Iberostar beach

Dorada I beach

Dorada III beach

• Samaná

Los Cayos Bahía Príncipe beach

La Honda Bahía Príncipe beach

El Portillo Bahía Príncipe beach

via Dominican Republic: Blue Flag Renewed for 2014 – Travel Trade Caribbean.

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