Isla Verde Beach Voted as ‘Best Urban Beach’ in the World
SAN JUAN – USA Today’s readers voted Isla Verde Beach as the best urban beach in the world.
The winners of the category in the “Readers’ Choice Awards 2016” were released after receiving thousands of votes in the “The Best 10” section.
Isla Verde beach in Carolina proved the best among 20 finalists in the competition. The online magazine asked the public to vote for the beach that best combined metropolitan life with the perfect place to escape to sunbathe and have a moment of relaxation.
The five winning beaches, in order: Isla Verde, Carolina; Rockaway Beach, New York; Bradford Beach, Milwaukee; Venice Beach, Los Angeles; and Oak Street Beach, Chicago.
From sixth to 10th place were: North Avenue Beach, Chicago; Coney Island Beach, New York; Santa Monica Beach, Santa Mónica; Waikiki Beach, Honolulu; and Ocean Beach, San Diego.
The magazine describes Carolina’s beach as a “clean and powdery soft, this beautiful stretch of San Juan sand is so unbelievably clean it’s hard to believe it’s urban at all. Beach umbrellas and chairs are available for sunbathing, lounging with a book or people-watching….”
Proud of the award, Carolina Mayor José Carlos Aponte said, “We have managed to establish a green awareness among our residents, who collaborate closely with the many initiatives the Autonomous Government of Carolina has developed for the public beach.
“Our beach combines the coast’s natural wonders with an extensive range of services for visitors to enjoy a resort-style experience. We have dining establishments, water sports, cultural workshops and beach equipment for rent,” he added.
Walter Malead, founder of the Clean Beaches Coalition, the first ecologic certification in the Americas, contributed as an expert adviser in the virtual competition. The magazine based its nominees on the experiences of their readers.
The Carolina beach also has held the prestigious Blue Flag award for 10 consecutive years. The environmental designation is awarded after rigorous criteria for water quality, beach cleanliness, recycling efforts and environmental conservation are met.