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Cancun Alert! These Beaches Are Closed For Swimming Amid Dangerous Conditions 

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Hurricane Season is now underway and, although there are no projections for the arrival of a dangerous storm in the near future yet, a potential tropical cyclone is causing some dangerous conditions on some Cancun beaches.   

Formed in the Gulf of Mexico, potential Tropical Cyclone Uno is well away from Cancun, but it is affecting the weather in the destination.   

This is why officials have issued an alert for Cancun, warning that five beaches are closed for swimming amid these dangerous conditions. 

Storm Clouds on a Cancun Beach

Current Conditions In Cancun Due To This Weather Phenomenon  

According to weather officials in Cancun, this potential tropical cyclone is causing some moderately dangerous conditions.   

Heavy rains are expected and winds may be stronger than normal, up to 30 mph, and even stronger gusts.   

The strong winds can cause waves of up to 10-13 feet.   

Storm Appraoching Off of the Coast of Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Beaches Closed For Swimming 

The adverse weather conditions in Cancun have led officials to close both the port and several beaches.   

Beaches that are closed will have a red warning flag posted, indicating that the water is unsafe for swimming.   

Some of Cancun’s most popular beaches are currently under that red flag warning.   

They include: 

  • Playa Delfines 
  • Playa Marlin 
  • Playa Chac Mool  
  • Playa Gaviota Azul  
  • Playa Ballena  
Family on a Beach in Cancun That Has a Red Flag Warning

Cancun Beaches With Yellow Flag Warnings 

Yellow flags are used to warn beachgoers to be cautious when swimming on beaches where the flag is posted.   

You can still enter the water, but waves may be stronger than usual and conditions may be unpredictable.   

There are also five Cancun beaches that currently have yellow flag warnings, including: 

  • Playa El Nino 
  • Playa Tortuga 
  • Playa Langosta  
  • Playa Las Perlas 
  • Playa Pez Volador 
Yellow Beach Warning Flag

How To Know Which Beaches Are Safe For Swimming  

Whenever you arrive at a beach in Cancun you should look for the warning flag posted.   

In addition to the red and yellow flags, there are a few other flags to look out for that indicate safety conditions.   

A green flag indicates that the water conditions are safe for swimming and water activities, while a black flag means that the beach is completely closed, as conditions on the shore of the beach may be dangerous too.   

A white flag lets beachgoers know that dangerous marine life may be present in the water. 

Red Beach Warning Flag in Cancun, Mexico

Hurricane Season In Cancun 

Hurricane Season in Cancun officially starts in June and ends in November.   

The most active months for storms, though, are typically August, September, and October.   

That being said, you should be prepared for the possibility of a storm at any time during the season.   

Stormy Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Hurricane Season Predictions  

Hurricane landfalls in Cancun are rare, but that doesn’t mean that storms offshore can’t affect weather in the destination.   

This year, weather experts predict an especially active season, with the National Hurricane Center predicting as many as 37 tropical storms will affect Mexico.   

The last hurricane season that was this active was in 2020, which had 30 named storms.   

Stormy Weather in Cancun, Mexico

Where To Swim When You Can’t Swim At The Beaches 

Even if no major storm hits Cancun, the beaches may be unswimmable at times during the hurricane season.   

Fortunately, beaches are not the only place to go swimming in and around Cancun, and we’re not just talking about the pool at your resort, although there will probably be several.   

Cenotes are an even better place to cool off during the hot Cancun summers.   

They are naturally filmed sinkholes that maintain an average temperature in the 70s year-round, and there are several very close to Cancun, so if the beaches are closed, you can still enjoy swimming when visiting Cancun.

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