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Acapulco has Mexico's second and third dirtiest beaches, but all are deemed safe for swimming. Acapulco has Mexico's second and third dirtiest beaches, but all are deemed safe for swimming.

Nearly all beaches are safe but some are nearing the limit

Two in Acapulco are close to being unsafe for recreational use

All of Mexico’s major swimming beaches but one made the grade in water quality testing but that does not mean they’re squeaky clean.

Although the beaches are technically safe, several approached dangerous levels of contamination, according to the health regulatory agency Cofepris.

Of 269 beaches tested in time for the Easter vacation, 268 were declared safe for recreational use, meaning that samples collected contained less than 200 fecal coliforms per 100 milliliters of water.

Sayalita beach in Nayarit was the only one that did not pass the test, but several others came close to failing.

Among them were Playa Suave and Playa Hornos in Acapulco, Guerrero; Puerto Angelito and Playa Principal in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca; and Playa Norte and Playa Centro on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo. All six are highly visited tourist destinations, as well as major hotel and resort areas.

Here is the full list with test results given as the most probable number of fecal coliforms per 100 milliliters.

  1. Playa Suave, Acapulco, Guerrero, 191
  2. Playa Hornos, Acapulco, Guerrero, 183
  3. Playa Puerto Angelito, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 167
  4. Playa Principal, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 158
  5. Playa Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, 157
  6. Golfo de Santa Clara Machorro, San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, 137
  7. Golfo de Santa Clara Pueblo Palopo, San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, 124
  8. Playa Santiago, Armería, Colima, 100
  9. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, 94
  10. Playa Centro, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, 89

The dirtiest beaches by state were:

  • Baja California Norte: Playa Rosarito, Rosarito, 66
  • Chiapas: Playa Escolleras, Tapachula, 78
  • Colima: Playa Santiago, Armería, 100
  • Guerrero: Playa Suave, Acapulco, 191
  • Jalisco: Playa Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, 51
  • Oaxaca: Playa Puerto Angelito, Puerto Escondido: 167
  • Quintana Roo: Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, 94
  • Sinaloa: Playa Las Glorias I, Guasave, 69
  • Sonora: Golfo de Santa Clara Machorro, San Luis Río Colorado, 137
  • Veracruz: Playa Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, 157
  • Yucatán: Playa El Cuyo, Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Lagartos, 74

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