Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico - There's a saying in Mexico: "A clean city is not the one that is swept the most, but the one that is soiled the least." In this case, we'd like to apply it to our beaches. There's nothing worse than going for a walk and seeing trash left behind by visitors.
With this in mind, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association are going above and beyond to keep the destination's beaches in optimum conditions. These efforts have borne fruit, because it's currently among the leaders in the nation's Clean Beaches program.
However, caring for our beaches is a job for everyone, especially because of this new normal: After months of confinement, we're finally able to enjoy the benefits of a refreshing dip in the ocean.
"While the main focus of the Riviera Nayarit CVB is to promote tourism to the destination, we are also very much obligated to help preserve its natural riches, as they are one of the main attractions that we have to offer our visitors," said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
As you can see, the Riviera Nayarit does its part, but it's important that we are all tuned into the same wavelength and help preserve our natural resources.
Here are four recommendations you can put into practice every time you visit our beaches:
• Don't throw down your cigarette butts or pour out contaminating liquids
It's awful to be walking on the beach and step on half-eaten food, oil slicks, or cigarette butts. Did you know a cigarette butt takes 10 to 15 years to degrade? Also, avoid pouring liquids of any type into the ocean—think about the species that live there.
• Leave the beach exactly as you would like to have found it
Whenever you go to the beach, take a bag or container with you for your garbage, so that at the end of the day you can just throw it away into the appropriate bins. Avoid burying your trash in the sand - when the tide is high all of that garbage will end up floating in Banderas Bay or the Pacific Ocean.
• Take care of the wildlife
Respect the wildlife of the region you visit. Don't cut plants or flowers, don't remove shells, snails, or stones. It's important that you respect everything that lives at the beach. Changing its place, climate, or region can be very harmful to any of the species.
• Help clean the beach
There are many institutions focused on the proper maintenance of the beaches. In the case of the Riviera Nayarit CVB, we have started the Beach Cleanup Network (BCN). Since its creation in 2014 it has organized more than 670 cleanups along the entire tourist corridor.
Remember, the Riviera Nayarit is a safe destination, and all hotels, restaurants, and tourist establishments are following all the health protocols established by the Federal Government's Ministry of Health. The hotels are only operating at 30% occupancy and access to the beaches is limited. Be a responsible tourist: wear your mask and keep your distance from others.