The Earth is about 71% water, which means that there are large and small bodies of water that are available for people to enjoy a nice dip during the summer time. Unfortunately, not a lot of these bodies of water are considered clean. In fact, the majority of beaches are polluted with the trash that we create: plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws, etc. The trash that gets thrown into the ocean creates dirty and smellier water. Needless to say, it’s gross to go for a swim on a beach that’s polluted. Luckily, there are still many areas that are considered one of the cleanest beaches!

Blue Flag

A way to find out if a beach is clean or not is by looking for a blue flag. This blue flag indicates when a beach has high environmental and quality standards. Basically, when the beach is at its prime. You can find out the exact time period when the beach is at its best to ensure that when you visit, you know you’ll be enjoying your time in good water. There are plenty of beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag, however, these are just a few of the beaches that are awarded.

Victoria Beach, Canada

This beach is located next to Victoria Park and has all the essentials for a nice day out.  According to Blue Flag, this beach includes a playground, splash pad, picnic tables, and information booths. Victoria Beach is the perfect area to have a calm and relaxing night with your loved ones. The water is inviting, which means you can go for a swim! Of course, there are lifeguards to ensure your safety. During the summertime, people come here to enjoy outdoor movies, theater performances, and concerts at the park’s pavilion. There is also a boardwalk to go on a nice stroll. The Blue Flag season here is from June 25th to September 5th.

Victoria Beach, Canada

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Santa Maria Beach, Los Cabos

Santa Maria Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag since 2014. Here you will find a kiosk, which will provide information about the area. This beach also has disabled friendly waters, so those with disabilities can access the water! It is also very sandy here. What’s fascinating about this beach is that you can see whales with their calfs from the shore! That’s not something you can see every day. Anyone can access this beach at no cost, so that means more fun in the sun.  The Blue Flag season is from July 1st to June 3oth.

Santa Maria, Los Cabos

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Dado 1, Israel

Dado 1 is located in Haifa, Israel and has the feeling of complete paradise. This beach is directed more towards the entertainment value, but you still have access to the water, as well as those who are disabled. Along the coast, you will find a variety of entertainment spots that have dancing and music spots. There are also coffee houses, pubs, and restaurants. This area is free to the public so anyone is free to come and have a good time. The Blue Flag Season is from April 12th to October 28th.

Dado 1 Beach, Israel

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Mellieha Bay, Malta

Awarded the Blue Flag since 2011, this beach is like any public beach near home. However, it is awarded the Blue Flag for a reason. The sand here has a low gradient slope and the water is clear and shallow. These qualities make this beach the perfect area for families to have a day in the sun! Some parts of the beach are for water sports and windsurfing. There is another part of the bay that was known as L-Ghdira, but it is now a Nature Reserve that is popular among bird watchers who study local and migratory birds. The Blue Flag season at Mellieha Bay is June 15th to September 15.

Mellieha Bay, Malta

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Palmestranden Beach, Denmark

Palmenstranden has been awarded the Blue Flag since 1991. You can find all the essentials you need to have a great day at the beach here: palm trees, seaweed umbrellas, volleyball courts, and handball courts. This beach is targeted towards young people and families with children, according to the Blue Flag website. Palmestranden is disabled friendly and they can also access the water. The Blue Flag season here is from June 1st to September 1st.

Palmestranden, Denmark

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Zona Balnear da Lagoa, Portugal

This beach has coastal protection as there are rocky shoals surrounding the area. Zona Balnear da Lagoa is considered a natural pool with three different areas: East, Central, and West. The East area has all the bathrooms and changing rooms. From here there are two pools that are deployed. One is a large pool that is sheltered by resorts. The other pool is a moderate temperature area that can also be accessed in the winter. The third pool is aimed towards children since the water is shallow and is away from more turbulent areas.

In the Central area are sun beds and the West area is the largest area. Here you will find all the entertainment. It is the flattest area as well and has a sundeck, pool, bar, showers, and toilets. The Blue Flag season at Zona Balnear da Lagoa is from June 15th to September 15th.

Zona Balnear da Lagoa, Portugal

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Going to the beach is a great summer activity, but it’s better knowing that the beach you’re going to is clean and environmentally friendly!

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