The summer holidays are the perfect time to get out of the routine, take our bags and travel to some beach to give us a good dip and enjoy the sun and the amenities offered by the coastal areas.
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Due to the geographical location of Mexico, it is possible to have access to a large number of beaches for any type of beachgoer. Throughout the country and in many states there is a wide range of places to vacation, however, not all beaches are worth writing home about. While places like Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Sonora and Tabasco have the cleanest beaches in Mexico, states such as Michoacán, Guerrero and Nayarit have the most polluted.
According to international standards, the quality of Mexican beaches is acceptable, however, there are some in which sanitary conditions can cause this status to change.
According to the seawater quality study carried out by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), which measure the number of contaminants present (which according to the World Health Organization should not surpass the 200 entereococos) these are the ten most polluted beaches in Mexico:
Papagayo Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero. 198 units
Nuevo Vallarta II Beach, Banderas Bay, Nayarit. 191 units
Icacos Beach, Guerrero. 189 units.
Copacabana Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero. 183 units.
Chiquiapan Beach, Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán. 173 units.
Bucerías Beach, Banderas Bay, Nayarit. 165 units.
Chacala Beach, Compostela area, Nayarit. 163 units.
Hornos Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero. 158 units.
Caletilla Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero. 154 units.
Carabali Beach, Guerrero. 152 units.
In contrast, these are the ten cleanest:
Chankanaab, Quintana Roo.
Zipolite 1, in Oaxaca.
Pichilingue, Baja California Sur.
Chelem II, Yucatán.
Puerto Arista, Chiapas.
The Palmar III, Guerrero.
La Bajada, Sonora.