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Top 5 Ways To Cool Off In Cancun This Summer When Beaches Are Covered In Sargassum 

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Although summertime in Cancun is not the most popular season to visit, thousands of tourists still arrive in the destination during the summer months.   

Many of these tourists choose Cancun because it’s the ideal beach vacation destination, with mesmerizing turquoise water and stunning white sand beaches.   

Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always cooperate, and during the time when visitors want to enjoy the beaches the most, they are often covered with sargassum. 

Aerial View of Sargassum in Front of a Resort on a Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Sargassum And How To Avoid It 

While Cancun is known for its beautiful Caribbean beaches, there is much more to see in and around the city.   

Throughout the entire Riviera Maya region, you’ll find ancient archeological sites, the wild jungle, and endless cultural experiences.   

But at some point during your vacation, you’re going to want to take a break from the tropical Cancun heat.   

So, we’ll tell you the top five ways to cool off in Cancun this summer when the beaches are covered in sargassum.   

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Cenotes can be found throughout the Riviera Maya region, and not only are these naturally formed sinkholes important in Mayan culture, but they’re great for swimming too.   

The sinkholes are formed in limestone, and the water that fills them comes from underground and from the rain.   

Since the water filters through the ground, it’s typically crystal clear and maintains a consistent temperature of about 75-80 degrees year-round. 

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Water Parks 

Who doesn’t love a water park on a hot sunny day?   

Fortunately, Cancun has some options for you.  In fact, some all-inclusive resort properties even have their own water parks.   

If you’re looking to go off-site, Ventura Park, which is an oceanfront amusement park, has water slides and more, and tickets start at only $33.75 per adult when bought online.  

Visiting a water park is a great way to steer clear of sargassum-filled beaches and cool off.   

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Hotel Pool 

Whatever luxury all-inclusive resort you choose, it’s most definitely going to have a pool and very likely even more than one.   

These pools are typically large and beautiful, and with all-inclusive service, you can be served cocktails by the pool all day long.   

Not only does this sound like a dream vacation, but there are few better ways to cool off on a warm summer day. 

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Adventure Parks 

There are numerous adventure parks in and around Cancun, with different types of swimming areas and attractions at each.   

One of the most popular is Xcaret, which is a little south of Playa del Carmen and has its own beach and lagoon, cenotes, and more than 50 other attractions.   

Other adventure parks to cool off at include Xel-Ha, which is near Tulum and has cenotes for swimming; Xavage in Cancun, which is a more adrenaline-pumping park that also has a Splash Zone to cool down in; and Selvatica in Cancun, where you can swim in cenotes and enjoy other activities.  

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Underwater Rivers 

Underwater rivers are a thing in the Riviera Maya, and they are unbelievable places to cool off because not only is the water cooler, but the temperature underground is too.   

Two of the parks mentioned above, Xel-Ha and Xcaret, both have underground rivers to float through.   

Xplor in Playa del Carmen and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, also in Playa del Carmen, which is only about an hour from Cancun, also offers underground river swimming experiences as well.   

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Staying Cool And Safe In The Cancun Heat 

The sun can get very hot in Cancun, and it might be easy to forget that when enjoying any of these activities.   

Drinking lots of water, taking breaks from the sun, and protecting your skin is extremely important.   

This way, you can avoid sunburn, dehydration, or worse, and be able to enjoy your entire Cancun vacation.

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