Puerto Rico gives the first Blue Flag to a beach located at a Nature Reserve in the Caribbean
During the 2010-2011 Ceremony, the Organization for Sustainable Environment (OPAS, for its acronym in Spanish) handed the blue flag to the first nature reserve to obtain this eco-label in the Caribbean.
The awarded beach is Pelícano Beach which is managed by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER). The Island is located in the south region of Puerto Rico with access through sea, primarily from the city of Ponce, through the Guancha ferry pier. The municipality of Ponce collaborated with the DNER in order for the beach to win the award.
Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island) is named for it's coffin-like shape. The island was designated as a nature reserve in 1980 turning the island into a protected wilderness area. The island has remained a protected area ever since. Pelícano beach is part of this important Natural Reserve and is distinguished for its peaceful and pristine waters and great views at its highest point where the lighthouse is located.
We invite all the Blue Flag countries to visit this spectacular and paradises’ beach. See you in Puerto Rico !