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La Boquilla beach is the only public beach in the country with Blue Flag recognition. Photo: Mayor's Office of Cartagena
La Boquilla beach is the only public beach in the country with Blue Flag recognition. Photo: Mayor's Office of Cartagena

The first self-sustainable beach in Cartagena

La Boquilla beach is the only public beach in the country with the FEE Blue Flag recognition.

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For four consecutive years, the beach located in the town of La Boquilla in Cartagena has been awarded the Blue Flag for self-sustainability by the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) based in Denmark, which has certified places that meet environmental standards at beaches and marinas for more than 40 years.

The Blue Flag beach certification accredits La Boquilla beach as an organized, safe, inclusive and environmentally-friendly beach resort. The criteria Cartagena met to obtain the recognition were: Information and Environmental Education, Water Quality, Environmental Management, Safety and Services.

"Playa Azul La Boquilla is consolidated as the first public beach in the country to achieve this award, as it meets international quality standards in the management and provision of tourism services, standing as a biosafe and biosustainable beach, so we invite all Cartageneros and domestic and foreign tourists to enjoy this beautiful place," said Pedro Rodelo Asfora, director of Distriseguridad, the entity responsible for managing the beach when it received the recognition in its third year. 

La Boquilla beach seeks the conservation and protection of the natural environment that surrounds it, making it respectful and friendly to the environment.

The beach is also a favorable place for people with reduced mobility, having an adequate infrastructure that allows its enjoyment without restrictions, with elements such as the walkway and an amphibious chair.

In Colombia, there are only three other beaches with this Blue Seal, one in the Magüipi Hotel in Buenaventura, Bello Horizonte of the Zuana Hotel in Santa Marta and Jhonny Cay in San Andrés.

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