Grotto’s Blue Flag beach received top marks from the International Blue Flag organisation following a recent inspection.

Regular inspections are carried out during the period that the beaches are operated as Blue Flag beaches and at least one visit is unannounced.

Blue Flag is an international annual award which focuses on the environmental management of our coastline and coastal waters to help tourism growth and development. Although it is a voluntary eco-label, it has become an international symbol of quality for beaches, boats, and marinas that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa).

Blue Flag status is awarded seasonally and municipalities must apply annually to renew the status of their beaches.

Water samples are taken at regular intervals and are tested by an independent laboratory.

• Grotto’s Blue Flag status will remain effective until 31 March 2018.


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