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All beaches in Mexico must now guarantee free public access and transit

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — As of October 22, all beaches in Mexico must guarantee free public access and transit. The amended decree comes into affect after the Federal Government published the decree in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF).

The decree states that fines of up to one million peso can be administered for those who prohibit access to the country’s beaches. In addition, it adds various provisions to the Ley General de Bienes Nacionales to guarantee free access and transit on Mexican beaches.

The document published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF) details that access to maritime beaches and the federal maritime-land zone contiguous to them may not be inhibited, restricted, hindered or conditioned except in the cases established by regulations.

Article 127 states that in the event that there are no public roads or accesses, the owners of land adjacent to the beaches must allow access to citizens, through the routes indicated by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources.

Earlier this month, the Senate of the Republic approved to guarantee free access to Mexican beaches and apply fines of up to one million peso to those who fail to comply. Members made the unanimous vote in favor of fining and / or removing concession rights to anyone who prevents, inhibits, restricts, hinders or conditions beach access.