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Cancun Resorts Setting Up Generators To Fight Blackouts This Summer

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Hotels and resorts across Cancun have begun setting up generators to shield guests from blackouts amid the anticipated record-breaking summer heat. 

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With demand for air conditioning skyrocketing across the Mexican Caribbean, numerous accommodations across the region have begun reporting rolling blackouts, affecting thousands of travelers. 

And with temperatures set to soar even more this summer, resorts in Cancun are taking proactive steps to prevent the situation from deteriorating. 

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With that in mind, here’s a look at how resorts in Cancun are preparing for the looming heat waves.

Generators To Guarantee Power For Cancun Accommodations This Summer

Several states in the Mexican Caribbean – including Quintana Roo – are currently feeling the effects of an intense heatwave, straining the region’s dilapidated power grid and causing hundreds of blackouts. 

While power cuts typically affect residential areas with poorer infrastructure, hotels and resorts in Cancun’s resort zone are also affected. 

a generator outside of a home in cancun

For now, blackouts have only been reported in a handful of properties in the Riviera Maya, but as temperatures continue to rise, accommodations elsewhere may soon be affected. 

That’s why resorts in Cancun are setting up more generators to prevent a worst-case scenario amid record-breaking summer temperatures. 

According to Jesús Salazar, the head of Cancun’s hotel association, record pressure on the power grid is a cause for concern for the city’s hospitality industry. 

Mr Salazar added that resorts have also installed more solar panels as well as implemented energy-saving measures to mitigate soaring electrical demand. 

The confluence of temperatures of up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit as well as a record number of visitors is expected to challenge Cancun’s already-strained power grid, potentially leaving travelers in the dark. 

Crystal Clear Water on a Beautiful Riviera Maya Beach

Fortunately, larger resorts in Cancun are well-prepared for any power issues thanks to their significant inventory of generators.

But even so, some properties will be asking guests to cut down on energy use by limiting AC or turning off lights when outside the room. 

While resorts are largely protected from widespread power outages, smaller accommodations and especially vacation rentals are prone to long-lasting blackouts. 

Isla Mujeres tourists walking on the beach on a sunny day

Blackouts are also more likely to affect island destinations like Holbox, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres, which rely on underwater cables to supply electricity. 

Cancun And Mexican Caribbean Bracing For Intense Heat This Summer

Power supply isn’t the only issue worrying Cancun’s resorts this summer.

According to new forecasts, the coastal destination could see record-breaking temperatures this summer.

Cancun officials have begun warning residents and travelers about the expected summer heat, urging people to stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of exposure to the sun during the afternoon. 

fishing boat in shallow water in Isla Mujeres

While many travelers are certainly looking forward to balmy temperatures, younger visitors as well as elderly travelers are urged to seek shade to prevent heatstroke, which has already hospitalized dozens of people in the region. 

Aside from soaring temperatures, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are expected to witness an unusually strong hurricane season in 2024, with up to 35 tropical storms forecast to hit the region this summer.

cancun resort area amid a strong hurricane

Meanwhile, between 4-5 hurricanes could bring heavy rain, wind, and lightning to the region, although hurricanes rarely make landfall in Cancun. 

Travelers headed to Cancun during the hurricane season – which runs from June 1 until late November – should purchase comprehensive travel insurance, allowing visitors to cancel or postpone their trip in case of inclement weather.

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