As winter sets in across the world, and the longing for those balmy summer evenings to return grows stronger, people are already one step ahead and are booking their next vacations to the Mexican Caribbean.
One huge plus for coming to this warm, picturesque paradise during this winter high season is that sargassum season has been officially announced as over.
The macroalgae have been causing some issues for the region in the past years, with the smelly seaweed washing up on some of the prettiest coastlines the Mexican Caribbean has to offer and deterring tourists from visiting certain parts.
A Closer Look
A whopping 22,000 tons of sargassum had been left on the coasts this year, causing authorities to act quickly in cleaning up and creating new ways to combat the natural phenomenon, which also seems to be happening in other parts of the world.
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From rehabilitating beaches by generating seaweed into recycled sand to deploying sweepers, tractors, and other vessels to collect the stuff – even creating sargassum barriers in the ocean in order to deter it from landing on the shoreline – one thing is for sure: the government means business!
And this is all so that you, the lucky tourist that you are, can enjoy some of the world’s most award-winning beaches that have visitors coming back to them year after year after year.
A Year Like No Other
The proof is there, with the Mexican Caribbean experiencing a year like no other in the tourism sector and is already expecting to see the winter high season break all records once more.
Efforts have been made to open and expand attractions for tourists beyond the typical vacation that so many have come to expect: increasing security measures, announcing more ‘Magical Towns’, building a new airport in Tulum, creating a billion-dollar transport system called the ‘Maya Train’, awarding more and more beaches with Blue-Flag certifications, the list is endless…
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However, none of this would matter if the sargassum issue was not being dealt with swiftly.
Can you even imagine what the famous shorelines would look like right now if local authorities had chosen to do nothing about it?
Luckily, Admiral Abraham Eloy Caballero, part of the team tackling the phenomena, stated:
“We were able to turn our back on the problem or undertake an individual fight, but we all decided on the best strategy and it was to work to keep the unique beauty of the beaches of this region intact”.
And so, with that being said, here are some of the beautiful beaches that should be sargassum-free this winter for you to check out:
Beautiful Beaches Everywhere
Playa Mujeres, Cancun
Cancun is undoubtedly going to have some more tourist-heavy beach destinations, as it is the number one place to be for Americans in the Mexican Caribbean.
And for good reason — the picture-perfect postcard stretches of white sand and turquoise water would be enough to entice anyone.
If you want a more peaceful Cancun spot, Playa Mujeres is serenity personified, sat between an idyllic resort community and a wildlife preserve; this place will certainly win your heart.
Playa Paraiso, Tulum
Only a short drive away from Cancun, Tulum is quickly becoming the next best place to be, with its new international airport to begin operations at the beginning of December.
Here, you will be surrounded by white sands, crystal clear waters, and jungle-lined roads and ruins.
Playa Paraiso has all of this and more, with the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive, or just drink the day away at its fabulous beach club.
Be sure to check it out before Tulum becomes just as busy as Cancun, and you can no longer say you were the first to discover the spot!
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
An island near Cancun, this destination has become a firm favorite of tourists in the past years.
The main beach, Playa Norte, has the tranquil vibe that everybody knows and loves, with warm shallow waters and coral beds galore.
An absolute haven for the underwater enthusiast, water sports are the norm here, as well as witnessing the largest concentration of whale sharks on the planet!
Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo
Once a more secret destination, Isla Holbox has grown in popularity over the years.
A beach town surrounded by…you guessed it, sugary white sands and the bluest water imaginable, as well as a nature preserve, this spot is perfect for the beach lover who might want to visit some traditional markets when the sun gets too hot, or experience the islands famous overwater hammocks, which sounds like heaven on earth if you ask us!
One thing is for certain, no matter what beach you end up on this winter, sargassum levels will be next to zero, meaning you can send that annoying picture to your friends back home stating, “ Oh, I’ve had worse views!”.
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