Photographer Captures Incredible Images Of Beach Hidden In Crater
A photographer has caught incredible aerial footage showing a secluded 'hidden' beach located inside a crater on an island.
Tarsicio Suarez used a drone to film the Playa del Amor, also known as Hidden Beach, in Marieta Islands off the coast of the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
The beach is situated inside a crater that was formed during bombing the Mexican government conducted as part of military training in the early 20th century on the uninhabited Marieta Islands.
After concerns from conservationists and scientists, the military training stopped and slowly but surely mother nature reclaimed the area.
Using his drone, Tarsicio was able to shoot right over the top of the crater and get some breathtaking images of the beach.
Tarsicio said: "It is kind of hard to get to this spot, but once you make the trip it is all worth it."
Visitors are welcomed to the beach but in limited numbers, with just 116 people permitted each day. The trips are staggered meaning visitors get about 20 minutes each to check out the beach.
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Tourists will need to board a boat to get to the beach and once close enough jump from the vessel to swim up to the entrance.
The tunnel into the beach isn't completely underwater so you can pop up for air as necessary, you can also snorkel through to check out the vast array of fish and sea-life living in the water.
As you can imagine the beautiful beach features on many people's holiday 'bucket lists' and is extremely popular with tourists - this combined with the limited availability mean that trips to the beach can be booked up months in advance.
Speaking to CNN in 2017, Richard Zarkin, PR manager for the Riviera Nayarit CVB, said: "The Marieta Islands are one of our most treasured jewels in Riviera Nayarit, and one of the icons that people immediately tie back to Mexico's Pacific Treasure."
The area is now a protected conservation area with fishing and hunting banned - in 2008 they were declared as UNESCO MAB (man and biosphere) Reserve to try and protect the wildlife and reefs present in the area.
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