Federal government decrees free access and transit on Mexican beaches

22/10/2020

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) published in the DOF a decree that guarantees free access and transit on beaches throughout the country and establishes sanctions for those who prohibit passage with a fine of up to more than one million pesos.

Mexican beaches: In the event that there are no public roads or accesses from the public highway, the owners of land adjacent to the federal maritime-land zone must allow free access to it. photo: Cancun city government
Mexican beaches: In the event that there are no public roads or accesses from the public highway, the owners of land adjacent to the federal maritime-land zone must allow free access to it. photo: Cancun city government

The decree issued this Wednesday in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), adds various provisions to the General Law of National Goods to guarantee free access and transit on the beaches, where it emphasizes, in Article 8 that access to Mexican beaches may not be obstructed or restricted.

"Access to the maritime beaches and the federal maritime-land zone adjacent to them may not be inhibited, restricted, hindered or conditioned except in cases established by the regulations".

Article 127 of this law states that in the event that there are no public roads or accesses from the public road, the owners of lands adjacent to the federal maritime-terrestrial zone must allow free access to the same, as well as to the maritime beaches, through the accesses that the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) agrees with the owners for such purpose, by means of compensation in the terms established by the regulations.

"Such accesses shall be considered as easements, in terms of section VIII of Article 143 of this Law".

There will be a fine of up to 1 million pesos for those who restrict access to beaches

Article 154 establishes that owners of land adjacent to the federal maritime-terrestrial zone or holders of concessions, permits, authorizations, and destination agreements with respect to the use of the federal maritime-terrestrial zone who by any means or act prevent, inhibit, restrict, hinder or condition access to the federal maritime-terrestrial zone and maritime beaches will be sanctioned with a fine of between three thousand and up to 12 thousand times the current Unit of Measurement and Update (one million 42 thousand 560 pesos).

"In the case of holders of concessions, permits, authorizations and destination agreements with respect to the use of the federal maritime-terrestrial zone, in case of recidivism, in addition to the sanction indicated in the previous paragraph, the concession, authorization or permit will be revoked, observing the provisions of Article 18 of this Law.

Four amazing Mexican beaches that will make you wish you were there right now 

Playa Tuxpan

It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Huasteca Veracruzana where apart from enjoying the sun you can do various activities such as diving, camping and fishing. In Tuxpan you can visit several places such as El Cerro Tumilco, the Mangroves, the Museum of Friendship Mexico-Cuba or Isla Lobo, characterized by its reefs, marine fauna and its crystalline waters.

Playa Escondida

This beach is part of the National Park of the Marietas Islands in Nayarit and is one of the destinations with more adventure since to get to the island you will have to swim approximately ten minutes through a tunnel. Upon arrival, you will see whales, turtles, birds and 90 other species that will amaze you. As it is a protected area, reservations must be made in advance.

Playa Yelapa

It is hidden between the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. On this beach, in Puerto Vallarta, you can spend a quiet weekend, go horseback riding, visit the waterfalls, go fishing, take a kayak tour or launch a paraglider. To get to Yelapa you have to take a collective aqua taxi from the Playa de los Muertos Pier or Boca de Tomatlán.

Playa Ventura

In this Guerrero beach you will be able to enjoy great experiences and natural spectacles; not for nothing is considered one of the most beautiful destinations of that state. You can go fishing or take a kayak trip while enjoying the marine fauna that hosts the place. For being a fishing port it has an extensive gastronomic range.