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One Of The World’s Most Popular Beaches Near Cancun Is In Excellent Shape Due To This Phenomenon

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Although Cancun is widely regarded as having some of the world’s top beaches, the stunning island of Isla Mujeres offers white-sand shores that give its nearby neighbor a run for its money.

a white sand beach in isla mujeres with palm trees

And this winter, Isla Mujeres’ most popular beach is in splendid condition thanks to strong winds caused by several cold fronts over the past months, pushing more sand onto the pristine beach.

Playa Norte, just a stone’s throw away from the island’s ferry terminal, is now in excellent condition for travelers to enjoy. And with occupancy rates expected to dip before the start of the busy Easter season, now is the best time to enjoy this paradisiacal beach. 

@islamujerestips Playa norte es mágico 💖 A mi personalmente me gusta ir en la mañana , para huir un poco de los turistas y el ruido de los barcos ! 💙Pero su color azul es incomparable… Los beach clubs y restaurantes que vas a encontrar son algo costosos ! Ya Que es la parte más turística de isla mujeres , también puedes llevar tus propios alimentos y bebidas pero recuerda recoger todo antes de irte 🙏🏼 . #islamujeres #playanorte #viviendoenunaisla #islamujeresmexico #playanorteislamujeres😍 #islamujerestips #caribemexicano ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

With that in mind, here’s a look at what Playa Norte is in excellent shape right now.

Cold Fronts Contribute To Improved Beach Conditions In Isla Mujeres

Since late last years, local officials and environmental experts have expressed concern over sand erosion on the popular beach of Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres. A major draw for thousands of daily travelers, this idyllic location has suffered from significant beach erosion for several months. 

But that all changed this February following the effects of at least two powerful cold fronts, which brought plenty of rain and – most crucially – strong winds, helping carry more sand onto the popular beach. 

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According to environmental officials, the effects of the recent cold fronts are already visible across Isla Mujeres, but especially in Playa Norte, which has recovered nearly all of the sand lost to erosion over the past few months.

As a result, the beach is currently in excellent shape for travelers to enjoy; from picture-perfect afternoons under the sun to thrilling water activities, Playa Norte offers visitors a true taste of Caribbean paradise. 

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Last year, local business owners began taking matters into their own hands to prevent erosion from tarnishing the popular beach’s reputation by installing sandbags.

But with strong winds helping to combat the phenomenon, Playa Norte has nearly regained its full surface area, providing more space for travelers to enjoy everything it has to offer. 

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At one point late last year, the erosion in Playa Norte became so severe that the roots of palm trees separating the beach from the nearby town had become exposed, promoting concern over the area’s ecological sustainability. 

According to local experts, Playa Norte will continue to recoup lost ground in the coming weeks as winter storms carry more sand onto the stunning beach.

That’s great news for Isla Mujeres, which is gearing up for a record-breaking spring and summer travel season. 

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Despite ongoing concerns over beaches in Isla Mujeres, the tropical island has seen exceptionally high occupancy rates this winter.

Indeed, the Caribbean destination currently boasts some of the top-rated beaches in the whole region, many of which have achieved the prestigious Blue Flag certification. 

As the hectic spring season approaches, authorities in Isla Mujeres are launching more efforts to protect local beaches from sargassum. This year, the sargassum season is expected to begin in just several days as more and more of the foul-smelling macroalgeau washes up on local shores. 

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In the meantime, travelers can enjoy one of the most popular and pristine beaches in the Mexican Caribbean; just a 15-minute ferry ride from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is one of the top-rated Magical Towns in the sun-soaked region.

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