Blue Flag flies in 107 Costa Rican beaches.
Blue Flag is an interagency effort to improve the environmental practices of the different sectors. The ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute) is responsible for recognition in the category of beaches; and this year 107 beaches nationwide were recognized by the program.
PBAE (Ecological Blue Flag Program) qualifies the integral development of the beaches on issues such as quality of seawater and drinking water as well as cleaning their costs, environmental education, waste management, and information security features. These and other factors are considered when granting the stars, which is the classification of the beach in advance of the above factors; five stars being the highest references.
Punta El Madero and Matapalo, located in the northern Guanacaste scored a total of five stars, reflecting the faithful fulfillment of the requirements that must be met to obtain this distinction.
Blue Flag is an integral part of the ICT strategy has within its National Plan for Sustainable Tourism, and in which evidence the model of sustainable development that the country is still promoting, in favor of offering a differentiated destination that promotes care environment and use of natural wealth.