The Palmares Beach, which received the International Blue Flag award in July, has all but disappeared after a tidal wave hit the beach in Puerto Vallara, Mexico.
Playa Palmares is located 6 kilometers south of town, a 10-minue drive along Highway 200, just before Garza Blanca.
According to the city, the beach will be cleaned and repaired once the surges have receded, which is expected to happen on Thursday.
For now the blue flag has been removed until the clean up is complete, which they hope can be done this weekend.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
The beaches garbage canes and planters were swept away by waves up to 4 meters. The waves have caused minor damage to the beaches of Los Muertos, Los Arcos, El Malecón, Flamingos, and Playa de Oro.
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