The Dominican Republic can be proud of its beaches. In total this country has 15 beaches that were awarded by the "Blue Flag" for the highest level of services.
The latest beach awarded with the "Blue Flag" belongs to the hotel complex Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. According to the European Organization for Environmental Education, which attests beaches for compliance with environmental standards, Barceló Bávaro Beach can be considered as one of the best on the island.
The latest award allowed the Dominican Republic to become a leader among Latin American countries by the number of "Blue Flag" marked tourist beaches.
Appropriate using, water quality, organization, infrastructure, special areas for swimming and additional improvements for disabled people were also taken into account when marking the beaches with the "Blue Flag".
To date on the planet are over 3500 beaches awarded with the "Blue Flags". Among the islands of the Caribbean "Blue Flag" beaches are available on the Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Jamaica.
The "Blue Flag" program is being implemented in 46 countries.
Today Dominican Republic is one of the eco recreation leaders in the region. Today it is the only region in the Caribbean, which has a special whale reserve, which constitutes 20% of the country’s territory. In addition, Dominican Republic is famous for its golf hotels, as well as the largest yacht mooring among the Caribbean islands.
It should be noted that the Dominican Republic is not the only region, which beaches were recently awarded with the "Blue Flag". So, Puerto Rico located near Puerto Rico gained such status for one of its beaches located within the Virgin Islands National Park. The beach was awarded in December 2011.