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Beach cleanup by Edward Ortega at Santa Teresa, Costa RicaWalk down the beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and you’re likely to see multicolored crushed seashells, sea glass, and interesting rocks and pebbles along the white sand. What you won’t see as readily is trash.

The Pacific beaches of Santa Teresa – Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa – on Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula hold Ecological Blue Flag status. Costa Rica’s Blue Flag award is an honor for a community to earn. It means the beach community has near-perfect ocean water quality, potable water quality, coastal sanitation areas, treated waste and run-off water, garbage containers and very little litter.

Businesses on these four beaches have taken it upon themselves to keep the beaches clean. Since 2011, they have worked together to pay for two workers to clean each beach every week, all year long. They pick up trash brought in on the Pacific tides, or washed out from nearby rivers or that is left behind by beach-goers. The rubbish is collected in extra-large garden-size trash bags, separated between garbage and recycling, and brought to a municipal trash collection spot.

The business owners take turns in rotation to pay for the two workers and the cleanup costs. “We started in 2011 with only five or six sponsors, and now we are up to 50-60 sponsors,” said program coordinator Roberto de la Ossa. “The more business owners there are, the easier it is for everyone to maintain the program.” De la Ossa, who is general manager at sponsor Hotel Tropico Latino, said he works with a small team of business owners and managers to run the program. In turn, they work with the Environmental Committee of Santa Teresa, which coordinates the Blue Flag program.

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Martha’s House

A beautiful octagon-shaped,
two-story house surrounded
by lush tropical gardens only
2 min away from the beach.

Martha’s House  Mal Pais Santa Teresa

A beautiful octagon-shaped, two-story house surrounded by lush tropical
gardens only 2 min away from the beach.

- See more at: http://www.hoteltropicolatino.com/martha-house-santa-teresa.html#sthash.2gNiCNIE.dpuf

Martha’s House  Mal Pais Santa Teresa

A beautiful octagon-shaped, two-story house surrounded by lush tropical
gardens only 2 min away from the beach.

- See more at: http://www.hoteltropicolatino.com/martha-house-santa-teresa.html#sthash.2gNiCNIE.dpuf

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