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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

A 2003 study published by Profepa, Mexico’s environmental agency, cited 16 of the country’s beaches as having unacceptably high levels of bacterial contamination. At the top of the list were Playas La Ropa, Las Gatas and Municipal, all on Bahía Zihuatanejo and caused by insufficiently treated sewage and contaminated runoff. Mexico responded by investing millions of dollars to clean up the bay and modernize sewage systems and fishing boat fleets. Just as things were beginning to look up, in 2007 the government announced plans to build a giant cruise ship terminal smack in the middle of the bay, setting off a heated battle between developers and environmentalists. At the time of writing, no final decision had been made on the controversial project.

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Medical services

Dr Rogelio Grayeb (554-33-34, 553-17-11) Provides medical assistance 24/7, speaks English and he makes house calls!

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