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Sargassum Avoidance

How to avoid sargassum in the beaches on Mexico?

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Sargassum is a type of seaweed that seasonally fills the beaches and changes the blue of the water for brown tones. This type of algae affects the México ecosystems, causes reek, and alters the landscape. In addition, sargassum is one of the consequences of increasing water temperature depending on the season.

In Mexico, sargassum arrives mainly on the Caribbean coasts, as in Quintana Roo’s case, in the country’s southeast. Not all beaches have sargassum but the most affected by the seasons are Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Puerto Morelos. It begins to accumulate in April, so these destinations are not recommended in the summer.


According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), sargassum is a direct consequence of pollution and climate change. The algae are not dangerous and do not cause any rash to tourists, but they prevent the arrival of sea turtles as they become entangled in the sargassum.

No Sargassum in Mexico

If you want to get to know the Caribbean, the island of Holbox is a destination in Mexico without sargassum. In this paradise, white sand covers the beaches and the streets. Punta Cocos is one of the most amazing beaches on the island. Here, the phenomenon of bioluminescence occurs at night, and the sunsets are not to be missed.


Another option in Quintana Roo, where there is no sargassum at any time of the year, is the Bacalar Lagoon. The famous Seven Colors Lagoon is named for its shades of blue that contrast with the green of the surrounding nature. One of the destinations to enjoy the scenery is Fort San Felipe.

The best option is to leave the Mexican Caribbean for winter vacations and opt for the Pacific beaches in the summer. The beaches of Oaxaca are the perfect destination for summer vacations in Mexico since the sargassum does not arrive. Among the three best beaches in the state are Mazunte, Huatulco, and Puerto Escondido.



Tips to know if there is sargassum

The government of the state of Quintana Roo issues a sargassum traffic light that informs daily the areas where the seaweed is present. Another option to keep us notified is social media, especially with the hashtags on Twitter and Instagram.

In Rutopia, we always keep informed about situations that may affect our travelers, and sargassum on Mexico’s beaches is one of them. Sargasso can be a significant inconvenience when traveling. However, it is not a reason to ruin your plans. At Rutopia, we have fantastic beach destinations where there is no sargassum and are perfect alternatives for travelers.


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