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Governor: Marietas Islands not closing, only one beach for two months

Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, Governor of the State of Nayarit, ordered only Playa Escondida to be temporarily off-limits for restoration and maintenance for about two months in order to regulate and improve the conditions of the Islas Marietas, an icon of Rivera Nayarit.

The National Commission of Protected National Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) officially endorsed a release issued on April 21st, stating the agreement was reached after a meeting of the head of state with Alejandro del Mazo Maza, Director of Conanp.

“The Islas Marietas are not closed and certainly are not for sale,” assured Roberto Sandoval. “The islands are national heritage sites and part of the internationally renowned natural landscapes that can be found in our destination. They are still a tourism icon of the Riviera Nayarit and will remain so forever.”

“This is why we’ve made the decision to take action while we still can, when we can all work together, which is precisely what we’re doing,” added the director of Conanp, who pointed out the need for a joint strategy in order to achieve their goals.

Among the agreements was the need for new means of access to the beach, which would include strict rules and regulations that would guarantee the preservation of the environment.

“This spot is the pride and joy of the people of Nayarit, but we also have to be responsible for the ecosystems and the natural attractions we have here in Nayarit, which is why we’re defending both the Islas Marietas and Nayarit’s service providers,” added the Governor in a video he published on his social media accounts.

There will be months of work involved with specialists and authorities from the three levels of government in order to find alternatives that will compensate the economic impact on the tourism sector that will occur during the time the beach is closed off.

To listen to the statements of the Governor of Nayarit issued after the meeting in the Riviera Nayarit in the presence of representatives from the Federal and State governments as well as those from the academic and the business sectors click here:

In a separate interview, the governor said that tour operators in Riviera Nayarit bring boats of 8 tourists to the area while a tour company in Puerto Vallarta, which he didn’t name, was granted a license to bring 400 people to the islands each day causing overpopulation.

11 Responses
  1. Do humans always have to INVADE everything and call it a tourist attraction? Some precious areas just need to be left alone. PV has its own beach for tourist play.

  2. Update: The Governor of Nayarit has said the biggest problem is one tour company in Puerto Vallarta that has been granted a license to carry 400 people a day to the islands while all others are restricted to boats of 8 people. He didn’t name the company, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist.

    1. Of course it is Vallarta Adventures. They are vile people. They brag about their dedication to the environment while keeping dolphins caged up to be ridden like horses all for $$$$$ and they are putting a dolphin tank in the new shopping center in Puerto Vallarta. People should not use that company if they really care about preserving the environment or are against animal cruelty. Every dollar spent with Vallarta Adventures is one more abused animal or negative environmental impact in Puerto Vallarta. They have paid off government officials for years so that they can skirt environmental policies. Nothing will change at these islands unless that company has their privileges revoked, and that will never happen because business does control the government in every country and tourism is the only thing local government cares about. Environmental talk is just lip service.

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