Keeping the beach this unspoiledisa full-time job of Nicuesa Lodge staff " whose efforts were recognized last month when Playa Nicuesa received the important Ecological Blue Flag Award for having one of
â€œWe are proud to say that Playa Nicuesa is a very clean beach, where our guests can enjoy it without any danger. We constantly hold beach cleanups to keep our beach clean,â€ said Natalia Solis, Sustainability Coordinator at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. This is the fifth time Nicuesa Lodge has been awarded the Blue Flag.
Costa Ricaâ€™s Blue Flag Ecological Program (Bandera Azul EcolÃ³gica) was launched nearly 20 years ago in 1996. Its goal is to protect the countryâ€™s diverse and fragile coastal ecosystems; to clean up beach pollution and prevent future pollution; to improve the health of Costa Ricaâ€™s people and environment; and to keep Costa Rica as a leading world ecotourism destination. The prestigiouscertification is granted every year and is coordinated by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), the Costa Rican Water and Sewage Department (AyA), the Ministry of Environment (MINAE), the Ministry of Public Health (MINSA), and the Ministry of Education (ME).
Beach cleanups every four to six weeks by staff and guests.
Maintain five trash receptacles near the beach at Playa Nicuesa.
Work with the Costa Rica Health Ministry campaign against dengue fever in the region.
Hold workshops on environmental issues.
Test the hotelâ€™s potable water at least every three months to ensure its safe drinkability.
Test the ocean water at Playa Nicuesa twice a year.
Reforestation with native Costa Rican tree species to create a biological corridor.
"We know that we only have one planet and it is our home; this is why we try to improve our sustainable practices, commented Solis". "We hope that many more people join this program and that there are more beaches like Playa Nicuesa to set an example and motivate others to work together to protect our country's precious natural resources."