Aug 22, 2005, 1:56 PM
Post #1 of 16
The following information is from yesterday's (August 21st) MURAL newspaper out of Guadalajara.
Feel like going to the beach and swimming in the exciting surf while downing an ice cold beer ? Have an aversion to hepatitis, skin, mouth and eye diseases, gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections or perhaps typhoid fever or salmonella or, and how can we not throw this in, cholera?
Well, if you are going to the beach, here are those with the cleanest water from the standpoint of E-Coli infestation in Mexico which are popular with tourists according to a study by Grupo Reforma based upon research done in the latter part of july, 2005.
The filtiest beaches:
By far meaning extremely contaminated with fecal matter:
Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan on the southern tip of the bay of Banderas. In the Puerto Vallarta area the cleanest beaches are at Bucerias and Yelapa and they both have acceptable levels of fecal contamination.
Other beaches touted by the tourism folks:
Unaceptable fecal contamination:
Caleta Beach in Acapulco (very polluted)
Hornos and Puerto Marques Beaches in Acapulco
Norte and Dorado Beaches in Mazatlan
Tortugas and Langostas Beaches in Cancun
Penacho del Indio Beach (very polluted) and Iguanas and Villa del Mar Beaches in Veracruz
Playa Miramar in Tampico
I thought of sharing this information with you guys when I found myself parked along the lakefront at Lake Chapala today where I had gone to admire the lake on a breezy afternoon and found myself repulsed by the stink of untreated agua negra flowing copiously into the lake near the Old Pasada. I know the lake well enough to know that one need only drive a few feet to the Ajijic city park to escape those noxious odors so I did so and the air was a fresh as it could be. Only a few people actually swim in Lake Chapala and their demise will doubtlessly improve the gene pool hereabouts but it occured to me that the beach at Mismaloya is by far my favorite beach in the Puerto Vallarta area and I swim (or used to swim) in its waters often. No wonder I haven't been feeling well lately.