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Mexico’s top 10 dirtiest beaches
In order to determine the level of soiling in each location, the Mexican government assesses the number of intestinal enterococci per 100 milliliters of water - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico’s top 10 dirtiest beaches

17/04/2019
16:34
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Mexico City
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Today we bring you a list of beaches to avoid during Mexico's Holy Week vacation period

In the days leading up to Mexico’s Holy Week vacation period, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), conducts a thorough study of the country’s most popular beach tourist destinations in order to assess their health status. The government body then makes a list of beaches that are safe for tourists, as well as their level of soiling.

Before this year’s Holy Week, the COFEPRIS took 600 samples from 269 beaches in 17 coastal states, 268 of which were found to be suitable for recreational use. This means that almost all of the country’s beaches are safe for visitors since their soiling levels do not represent a health hazard.

However, there are no conclusive results for the Sayulita beach in Bahía de Banderas since it is under permanent health surveillance.

In order to determine the level of soiling found in each location, the government body assesses the number of intestinal enterococci per 100 milliliters of water.

Today we bring you a list of Mexico’s 10 dirtiest beaches, following the study conducted by COFEPRIS.

1- Suave Beach, Acapulco (Guerrero). Index: 191 MPN per 100 ml.

2- Hornos Beach, Acapulco (Guerrero). Index: 183 MPN per 100 ml.

3- Puerto Angelito and Puerto Escondido beaches (Oaxaca). Index: 167 MPN per 100 ml.

4- Principal Beach, Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca). Index: 158 MPN per 100 ml.

5- Antón Lizardo (Veracruz). Index: 157 MPN per 100 ml.

6- Santa Clara Machorro Gulf, San Luis Río Colorado (Sonora). Index: 137 MPN per 100 ml.

7- Santa Clara Pueblo Palopo Gulf, San Luis Río Colorado (Sonora). Index: 124 MPN per 100 ml.

8- Santiago Beach, Armería (Colima). Index: 100 MPN per 100 ml.

9- Norte Beach, Isla Mujeres (Quintana Roo). Index: 94 MPN per 100 ml.

10- Centro Beach, Isla Mujeres (Quintana Roo). Index: 89 MPN per 100 ml.

In order for a beach to be considered adequate for recreational use, its MPN levels should be under 200 per 100 ml.

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