Welcome to Blue Flag USVI
United States Virgin Island Blue Flag beaches and marinas are on par with the best beaches and marinas in the world. These Blue Flag sites, located on all three major islands, are operated according to strict ethics that respect the environment as well as the visitors who make use of the facilities.
The Blue Flag program is an environmental award given to beaches and marinas making a special effort to implement sound management with respect to the local environment and nature, and providing users with information on environmental issues. To attain the Blue Flag, beaches and marinas have to comply with a number of strict criteria concerning environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and service facilities, and water quality.
The Blue Flag is an International highly recognized eco-label awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a nongovernmental environmental organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE is represented by national organizations in each of the participating countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, New Zealand, North and South Africa.
As the coordinator of Blue Flag USVI, The Virgin Islands Conservation Society VICS with the support of the VI Hotel & Tourism Association HTA, works with beach and marina managers, their partners, government agencies and community stakeholders to achieve the international Blue Flag award.
Blue Flag program is concerned with four main areas:
1) Environmental education and information
2) Environmental management
3) Safety and service facilities
4) Water quality
The Blue Flag is only awarded for one season at a time and the award is only valid as long as the criteria are fulfilled. When this is not the case, the persons responsible at local level must remove the Blue Flag.
The national FEE organization conducts control visits to the Blue Flag sites during each season.