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Dirty Water at the Beach

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newbieRN
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Dirty Water at the Beach

Hello everyone,

Im heading out to the Riu Palace Pacifico on Monday and was trying to do some research on the beaches and came across a few sites that talked about the water in PV to be very dirty, with high levels of human feces in the beach water... One website said it was 3-4 times the safe level of swimmable beaches...Causing many people to have Gastrointestinal problems and UTI's... Does anyone have any information on this? Do you all swim in the ocean when you head out to PV or NV?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Dirty Water at the Beach

we always swim in Puerto Vallarta in front of the hotels in the hotel zone. The water is a little murky but clean...not like the Carribean. When we snorkel it is ok but not great and the diving has been a disappointment and not worth dragging the equipment although the dive operations have been professional and well run.

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not to say it's not possible , but where exactly have you read these things?...we've been on the same beach as riu palace for many times in the last year with or without our kids and we spent hours at a time in the ocean playing and "drinking" the water and never had a digestive problem...or uti's...

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3. Re: Dirty Water at the Beach

The water quality in the Bay of Banderas can vary through the year, but is almost always extremely good. On occasion, the quality can be subpar within specific areas - generally during the wet season (roughly July to October), when heavy rains clean the river valleys of whatever accumulated in them during the dry season. For example, some believe that the water quality near the Barcelo (PV) gets bad in the rainy season due to the adjacent river.

The Bay of Banderas is a huge body of deep water, so any issues are usually taken care of fairly quickly by dilution. If you look at the following link, you will see the water quality numbers measured by the government at various beaches in Mexico. When you scroll down to Jalisco state, you will see the water quality for 7 beaches in the PV area over the past month. All measured up very well, although Boca de Tomatlán was marginal. Just below, very good water quality was reported in Bahia Banderas (Nayarit state).

The Riu Palace is located about 3 km south of Bucerias, and there are no rivers or uncontrolled population centers anywhere near it. Consequently, the water quality is superior to Bucerias.

Taking all of the above into account, I wouldn`t waste any time worrying about the water quality at the Riu during your upcoming trip. Just go and have fun!!

semarnat.gob.mx/playas/…info_playas.aspx

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4. Re: Dirty Water at the Beach

There are more results at the following link. Scroll down, and click on ``Resultados Muestreos 2011`` to open a pdf document. You want to look at the Nuevo Vallarta II results - all good!

www.cofepris.gob.mx/wb/cfp/bahia_de_banderas

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5. Re: Dirty Water at the Beach

PV was the first resort area to have a modern sewage treatment system.

Those that live near the Great Lakes in Canada and the USA should know how rain effects water. many beach closures every year due to dangerous pollutant levels in the lakes. Run off is a sponge for everything on the land.

As mentioned this is not the rainy season.

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