Friday, September 21, 2018

Grand Oasis Palm All Inclusive One of The Best Beach Resorts in Cancun

Cancun Beachfront Resort

16 Restaurants and Spa 3.5-star


Main amenities

  • 594 guestrooms
  • Marina
  • On the beach
  • 16 restaurants and 10 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • Free children's club
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Business center
  • Terrace
  • Free parking

Feel at home

  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)

What’s around

  • In Hotel Zone
  • Museum of Popular Mexican Art - 1 min walk
  • Escenica Tower - 2 min walk
  • Langosta Beach - 2 min walk
  • Las Perlas Beach - 12 min walk
  • Tortuga Beach - 30 min walk
  • Puerto Cancun Marina Town Center - 33 min walk
  • Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok - 44 min walk
  • Puerto Cancun Golf Course - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km
  • Plaza Caracol Mall - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Cancun Convention Center - 2.8 mi / 4.6 km

All inclusive

  • This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).
Food and beverages
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • 24-hour room service
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities
  • Kayaking
Land activities
  • Soccer
Lessons/classes/games
  • Aerobics
  • Cooking
  • Dancing


Not included
  • Motorized water sports
  • Premium food items
  • Bottled wine
  • Bottled liquor
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours

Spa

  • Kin Ha Spa has massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include facials, body wraps, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures.

Recreation

On Site

  • Marina on site
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Playground on site
  • Racquetball/squash on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site

Nearby

  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby

Wedding Services. Registry.


Also known as

  • Grand Oasis Palm All-Inclusive Hotel Cancun
  • Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort
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  • Oasis Palm Grand
  • Grand Oasis Caribbean Beach Hotel

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Panama Jack Resorts All Inclusive Cancun

Gran Caribe Resort All Inclusive

Rebranded as PANAMA JACK 4-star


Main amenities

  • 470 guestrooms
  • On the beach
  • 7 restaurants and 3 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Water park
  • Free children's club
  • Fitness center
  • Free beach cabanas
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free WiFi and free parking

Feel at home

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Children's pool
  • Children's club
  • Playground on site
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)

What’s around

  • In Hotel Zone
  • La Isla Shopping Mall - 21 min walk
  • Chac Mool Beach - 1 min walk
  • Yamil Lu'um Archaeological Zone - 16 min walk
  • Tequila Museum - 19 min walk
  • Forum By The Sea Mall - 20 min walk
  • Forum Beach - 20 min walk
  • Cancun Interactive Aquarium - 21 min walk
  • Marlin Beach - 22 min walk
  • Gaviota Azul Beach - 25 min walk
  • Plaza Caracol Mall - 26 min walk

All inclusive

  • This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).
Gratuities and taxes
  • Gratuities and taxes are included.
Food and beverages
  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • Room service during certain hours
  • In-room minibar (some restrictions)
Activities and facilities/equipment
Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
Kids' club
  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old
Entertainment
  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Onsite live performances
  • Theme parties
Not included
  • Premium food items
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Recreation

On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Playground on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Free water park access

Nearby

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Also known as

  • Caribe Real
  • Real Gran
  • Caribe Real Resort Spa
  • Gran Caribe Cancun
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  • Gran Caribe Resort All Inclusive Cancun
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  • Gran Real Resort

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Paradisus by Melia Cancun Best Resort All Inclusive in Cancun

Paradisus by Meliá Cancun - All Inclusive 4.5-star


Main amenities

  • 664 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Marina
  • Golf course
  • On the beach
  • 10 restaurants and 2 poolside bars
  • Full-service spa
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Nightclub
  • Free children's club
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Beach umbrellas
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free WiFi and free parking

Feel at home

  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Supervised childcare/activities
  • Children's pool
  • Children's club
  • Playground on site
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)

What’s around

  • In Hotel Zone
  • Delfines Beach - 33 min walk
  • El Rey Ruins - 37 min walk
  • La Isla Shopping Mall - 41 min walk
  • Ballenas Beach - 2 min walk
  • Aquaworld - 11 min walk
  • Maya Cancun Museum - 15 min walk
  • Marlin Beach - 23 min walk
  • Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall - 26 min walk
  • Kukulcan Plaza Shopping Mall - 27 min walk
  • Tequila Museum - 38 min walk

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 664 rooms

  • This hotel is arranged over 7 floors

Arriving/leaving

77% of customers were happy with check-in
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in along with matching photo identification. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required
  • Government-issued photo ID required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others

Children

  • Children (4 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting/childcare *
  • Free children's club (ages 4 - 17)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transportation

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *

Parking

  • Free valet parking

Offsite

  • Area shuttle *

All inclusive

  • This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply). 
Gratuities and taxes
  • Gratuities and taxes are included. 

Food and beverages
  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • 24-hour room service
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
Activities and facilities/equipment

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Access to 9-hole golf course
  • 1 round of golf during stay for guests ages 18 years old and older
  • Golf green fees


Lessons/classes/games
  • Aerobics
  • Cooking
  • Dancing
  • Water fitness

Kids' club
  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 17 years old

Entertainment
  • Onsite live performances

Not included
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorized water sports
  • Tennis lessons
  • Bottled wine
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Spa

  • YHI SPA has 13 treatment rooms. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna.
  • Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Dining

  • Naos - Overlooking the ocean and pool, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily. 
  • Market Grill - This poolside steakhouse specializes in Brazilian cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Reservations are required. 
  • Mole - Overlooking the ocean and pool, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required. 
  • Tempo by Martin Berasategui - This fine-dining restaurant specializes in Basque cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required. 
  • Bana - This sushi bar specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Reservations are required.

Also known as

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  • Paradisus Resort Cancun
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  • Paradisus Cancun Resort
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Royalton Luxury Family All Inclusive Resorts in Riviera Maya

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive 4.5-star


Main amenities

  • 840 guestrooms
  • On the beach
  • 10 restaurants and 3 beach bars
  • Full-service spa
  • 12 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Water park
  • Nightclub
  • Free children's club
  • 3 indoor tennis courts
  • Free beach cabanas
  • Conference center
  • Free WiFi and free parking

Feel at home

  • Children's pool
  • Children's club
  • Playground on site
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Cancun Country Club (7.4 km)
  • Ventura Park Cancun (9.2 km)
  • Puerto Morelos Town Square (11.5 km)

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 840 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors

Arriving/leaving

71% of customers were happy with check-in
  • Check-in time 3 PM-2 AM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required
  • Government-issued photo ID required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others

Children

  • Babysitting/childcare *
  • Free children's club

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

All inclusive

  • This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).
Gratuities and taxes
  • Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.
Food and beverages
  • Buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and local beverages included
  • 24-hour room service
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • Number or type of beverages limited at one or more venues
Activities and facilities/equipment
All non-motorized water sports are included.
Water activities
  • Kayaking
Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Entertainment
  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Onsite live performances
  • Theme parties

Not included
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Tennis lessons
  • Premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Spa

  • The onsite spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and reflexology.

Dining

  • Gourmet Marche - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Zen - This restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves dinner only.
  • Hunter Steak House - This fine-dining restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only.
  • Grazie Italian Trattoria - This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.
  • OPA - This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves dinner only.

Also known as

  • Royalton Cancun
  • Royalton Riviera
  • Royalton Riviera Cancun
  • Royalton Riviera Hotel
  • Royalton Riviera Hotel Cancun
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mukan Resort Luxury All Inclusive Resorts in Tulum Blanquizal Punta Allen Sian Ka'an Biosphere

Mukan Resort South of Tulum 4.5-star

Punta Allen Beachfront Hotel with Spa Outdoor Pool Hotel Only or All Inclusive


Main amenities

  • 9 guestrooms
  • On the beach

  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free WiFi and free parking

For families +12 years old

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron/ironing board

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - 1 min walk
  • Sol Caribe Beach - 1 min walk
  • Punta Allen Park - 5.7 mi / 9.1 km
  • Punta Allen Dock - 5.7 mi / 9.2 km
  • Tulum Beach - 20.9 mi / 33.6 km
  • Tulum Mayan Ruins - 27.8 mi / 44.8 km
  • Tulum National Park - 27.8 mi / 44.8 km
  • Blanquizal Punta Allen 5.7 mi / 9.1 km

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 9 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors

Arriving/leaving

75% of customers were happy with check-in
  • Check-in time 3 PM-10:30 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 11 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required
  • Government-issued photo ID required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others

Children

  • Children (11 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

All inclusive

  • All-inclusive room rates at Mukan Resort, South of Tulum are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).
Food and beverages
  • Meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • Room service during certain hours
Not included
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes

Spa

  • Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, Spa Hunab Ku. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa; other services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and Swedish massages.

Dining

  • Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
  • Cigar Bar - Onsite bar. Open daily.

Also known as

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Policies

  • Transfers via airport shuttle are required and must be arranged at least 24 hours before travel by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 35 for adults and USD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 325 per vehicle (one-way)
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

La Playita Puerto Morelos Seafood Restaurants



Puerto Morelos is a Mexican port town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s between the Riviera Maya resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but retains some of its original fishing village character. The Puerto Morelos Reef National Park has many offshore dive sites. Turtles breed on coastal beaches. Inland are freshwater sinkholes including Las Mojarras Cenote and Verde Lucero Cenote. By a spectacular footage with a Phantom 4 drone with 4K Camera we can appreciate the beauty of this town and La Playita Seafood Restaurant.

La Playita Seafood Restaurant


On the beach of Puerto Morelos


Pre Hispanic Music



The music of the ancient Mayan courts is described through native and Spanish 16th-century texts and is depicted in the art of the Classic Period (200-900 AD). The Maya played instruments such as trumpets, flutes, whistles, and drums, and used music to accompany funerals, celebrations, and other rituals. Although no written music has survived, archaeologists have excavated musical instruments and painted and carved depictions of the ancient Maya that show how music was a complex element of societal and religious structure. Most of the music itself disappeared after the dissolution of the Maya courts following the Spanish Conquest. Some Mayan music has prevailed, however, and has been fused with Spanish influences.

La Bamba played by El Trio



Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere
Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan
Soy capitan, soy capitan
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam
Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Para bailar La Bamba
Para
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Nizuc Resort and Spa 5 Star a Luxury Accommodations Cancun Family Hotel

Nizuc Resort and Spa 5-Star

Hotel Zone Beachfront Resort with 6 Restaurants and Spa



Main amenities

  • 274 guestrooms

  • On a private beach
  • 6 restaurants and 2 poolside bars
  • Full-service spa
  • 5 outdoor pools
  • Breakfast available
  • Free children's club
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Conference center
  • Limo/town car service
  • Terrace
  • Free WiFi and free parking

What’s around

  • In Hotel Zone
  • Delfines Beach - 39 min walk
  • El Rey Ruins - 41 min walk
  • Ventura Park Cancun - 2.3 mi / 3.7 km
  • La Isla Shopping Mall - 5.7 mi / 9.2 km
  • Maya Cancun Museum - 3.1 mi / 5.1 km
  • Ballenas Beach - 4 mi / 6.4 km
  • Aquaworld - 4.4 mi / 7 km
  • Marlin Beach - 4.9 mi / 7.9 km
  • Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km
  • Kukulcan Plaza Shopping Mall - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 274 rooms

Arriving/leaving

91% of customers were happy with check-in
  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required
  • Government-issued photo ID required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18

Travelling with others

Children

  • Children (12 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting/childcare *
  • Free children's club

Pets

  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only) *
  • Restrictions apply *
  • 1 per room (up to 4.5 kg)

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms

Also known as

  • Nizuc
  • Nizuc Cancun
  • Nizuc Resort
  • Nizuc Resort Cancun

Policies

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation. More Information and Policies.
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Aqua Star Boutique Hotel One of The Best Hotels in Costa Maya

Costa Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coast on Mexico’s eastern Yucatán Peninsula. Mahahual village is known as a popular cruise ship port, with beaches and coral reefs. Offshore, the reefs and mangroves of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve are inhabited by sharks, dolphins and turtles. To the north, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is home to jaguars, monkeys and hundreds of bird species.


Did you know: Costa Maya is the closest port of access to many of the lesser-known Mayan ruins in the Yucatan including Chacchoben and Kohunlich.


Aqua Star Boutique Hotel and Condos By Koox


Luxury Collection Luxury Hotels in Mahahual

Waterfront hotel with an outdoor pool


Popular property highlights

  • Free self parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Smoke-free property

Location

Nestled on the beach, this Mahahual hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mahahual Beach and Mahahual Lighthouse. Costa Maya Port and Surfinggreen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Features

Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has an outdoor pool and a poolside bar. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include concierge services and a 24-hour front desk.

Room Amenities

All 8 rooms offer free WiFi, room service, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Hair dryers, safes, and ironing boards are among the other amenities that guests will find.

Main amenities

  • 9 guestrooms
  • Near the beach
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Garden
  • Free WiFi and free parking

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cancun Riviera Maya Sargassum Seaweed Mexico

Cancun Riviera Maya Sargassum Seaweed Mexico

The Mexican has invested $200 Million Pesos to clean the Cancun´s beaches at all. 


Credits : Oscar Cadena

With an investment of 200 million pesos, this Wednesday begins work to install the first barrier in Punta Nizuc, in Cancun, which aims to divert the sargassum into the sea and redirect it with the help of wind and natural marine currents. The objective is to avoid massive coverage of the coastline, and generate greater environmental and economic impacts to the Mexican Caribbean. As before, the sargassum that remains on the shore of the beaches will be manually removed and deposited in places of final disposal. The sargasso will be removed with seven structures that the government of Quintana Roo hired from the Goimar Goimsa Group, and the collection will be carried out through amphibious bands or suction bands, explained to El Universal the titutal of the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo (Semaqroo), Alfredo Arellano Guillermo. The first fence will serve as a pilot, the other remaining will be placed later in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual and Puerto Morelos. Yesterday, during the private meeting that members of the state cabinet held with hoteliers, and in a second open meeting with social sectors, academics and organized civil society, the project to contain sargassum was announced. They explained that the problem is not going to be solved, because it depends on the currents and the winds, but it can reduce the amount (of sargassum) that reaches the beach. They are plastic barriers, canvas, buoys to float, with a width to the bottom of 50 centimeters, to retain the sargasso & quot ;. Also, the owner of Ecology and Environment clarified that "the type of mesh does not threaten the fauna, which can go under it, without any problem. & Quot; For his part, the coordinator of advisers to the state government, Felipe Ornelas said that the work of collecting on land will be maintained along with the diversion of algae in the sea, to avoid burying sargassum on beaches, under the own sand, otherwise, there would be significant environmental impacts on the ecosystem, for example, it would change the color of the beach, its composition and quality.


We recently reported on the unusual amounts of seaweed or pelagic Sargassum that are washing ashore on beaches throughout the Mexican Caribbean. This is not confined to the state of Quintana Roo, the Caribbean islands and the Gulf coast of the United States, from Texas to Florida, are reporting similar experiences. While it is natural for seaweed to come ashore after storms and for warmer water temperatures in the summer to cause it to breed more quickly (a phenomenon known as a bloom), such large quantities of seaweed are rare.




What is pelagic Sargassum?
Two species of pelagic Sargassum are washing ashore, they are also known as Common Gulfweed (Sargassum natans) and Broad-toothed Gulfweed (Sargassum fluitans). Sargassum comes from the Portuguese word sargaço, which means “little grapes,” a reference to the air-filled bladders that enables it to float on the surface and move with the currents. Unlike other algae that are rooted in the seabed or attached to rocks or corals, it can grow and reproduce as it drifts through the water. And when fragments break off the main plant, they can also reproduce, contributing to the formation of carpets of seaweed.
Pelagic Sargassum is associated with the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean where vast beds of this free-floating seaweed are a habitat for many creatures such as microscopic plants, shells, shrimp, tiny crabs, sea horses and eels and are a nursery for four species of baby turtles and fish, including jacks, tuna and mahi-mahi. In fact, 120 species of fish and more than 120 invertebrates make their home among the plants. Migrating schools of fish also use the dense mats of weed as a refuge from predators such as sailfish and marlin, and seabirds and shore birds feed on the seaweed’s bounty.
Ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Current and the North Equatorial Current transport Sargassum and it is found naturally in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Yet mats and lines of it are now being seen in areas where it has not been reported before or is very rare, and blooms have been reported in areas of the Atlantic not directly associated with the Sargasso Sea, such as the coast of South America. There may be multiple sources for the seaweed proliferation currently affecting the Caribbean and it may come ashore in different locations at different times during the year.




Where does the seaweed affecting the Mexican Caribbean come from?
To date, the origin of the Sargassum coming ashore on the coast of Quintana Roo and other parts of the Caribbean is unknown, however, marine biologist Rosa Rodriguez Martinez of the National Autonomous University of Mexico Marine Research Field Station in Puerto Morelos told us about one possible theory. It may come from as far afield as the coast of Brazil, thousands of kilometers to the south.
This was the source area for a massive island of seaweed spotted in April 2011 to the north of the Amazon estuary in Brazil where it had never been seen before. By July the same year it had dispersed into smaller patches and tons of it were washing up on beaches in the Eastern Caribbean from Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, where it became known as “the golden tide.” Ocean currents had even taken it across the Atlantic to West Africa, where it affected a stretch of coastline from Sierra Leone to Ghana.
Deforestation continues unchecked in the Amazon Basin and northern Brazil and without tree roots to anchor them tropical soils are easily eroded. It is thought that higher than average rainfall levels in 2010 and 2011 washed greater amounts of soil, organic waste, fertilizers and other chemicals into the sea. This influx of nutrients, which could also have been supplemented by nutrients from upwellings of colder water at sea and dust from the Sahara, may have provided optimum conditions for the alga to thrive.




Why is there so much seaweed at caribbean beaches
Theories abound on what is causing the seaweed to bloom in such huge quantities
Rising water temperatures due to climate change and excessive nutrients from nitrate fertilizers, pesticides and waste that find their way into the ocean are thought to be important factors. The water temperatures in the Caribbean are warmer this year and traces of chemicals can affect the balance of the marine ecosystem in many ways.
Other theories are that the appearance of drifting mats of Sargassum may be due to changes in wind patterns linked to El Niño that affect the ocean currents that circle the Sargasso Sea or that it is an environmental impact that can be traced to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or to oil exploration. Other scientists attribute it to the use of certain types of pesticides in southern US, Colombia and Brazil that find their way into rivers and then into the sea.
Different factors may have come into play in different areas affected by Sargassum. Marine biologists do not know yet whether this is a rare event and or whether it will prove to be cyclical.




When seaweed comes ashore
Seaweed has always washed ashore on the Quintana Roo coast; it is a natural occurrence. The fact that this season it is doing so in much larger quantities does not mean that the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean are dirty or polluted. In fact, Cancun was recently awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for six of its beaches, an international standard of excellence for beach cleanliness and many other area beaches in in the process of applying for Blue Flag certification.
When Sargassum is beached, marine creatures that are trapped die and begin to decay; this is what causes the distinctive, short-lived fishy odor, not the seaweed itself.
Although seaweed is completely harmless and does not sting, it is a good idea to shower after swimming in the sea and wash your swimsuit. Sometimes microscopic creatures called hydrozoa, tiny jellyfish or sand flies are trapped in the weed and a few of them may occasionally cause a rash, by rinsing thoroughly you will be eradicating them.




What’s being done?
Beach cleaning is being carried out on a daily basis in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and other resort areas such as Akumal, Tulum and Mahahual. In the third week of July, the Federal Government authorized additional funds for Municipal governments to hire more people to clean the beaches and conservation groups, soldiers and people from all walks of life are also volunteering to help remove the seaweed that washes ashore.
As it is sea turtle season, most cleaning is done manually and there are restrictions on heavy machinery such as bulldozers that could damage nests and their precious eggs. In Cancun, the authorities have given permission for lightweight diggers to be used during the day and only on the sand that is closest to the waves. The methods used will be carefully controlled to prevent damage to the beaches.
Reconnaissance flights and boat patrols will keep track of patches of seaweed as they move north through the Yucatan Channel, identifying those that could make landfall.
All along the coast, turtle guardians are keeping an eye on adult turtles coming ashore to nest on beaches where there may be seaweed and will watch over the hatchlings as they are born later in the season to ensure that they do not become entangled in it.
The local authorities, hotel associations and Mexican environmental agencies SEMARNAT and CONANP are working with local biologists, and experts from the Universidad Autónoma de México on a statewide cleaning and disposal plan for the seaweed.
Once the salt has leached out of seaweed it can be composted and it makes an excellent fertilizer. In Puerto Morelos, some of the seaweed removed from the beaches is already being deposited in an old quarry and it could eventually be used in the parks and gardens.
In other areas of the Mexican Caribbean, although not in Cancun, the seaweed is being buried in the dunes and the soil formed will boost plant growth. Seaweed anchors the sand and helps protect the shoreline from erosion. When seaweed is left to decompose naturally on the sand, it actually contributes to the growth of the beach.
Sargassum is consumed in other parts of the world or given to farm animals as part of a dietary supplement and it is believed to have healing properties. These uses may also be studied as part of the disposal program.




Satellite tracking
Government and tourism officials and local institutions are now in contact with experts from Texas A & M University who are working with NASA to use satellite imagery to track the floating patches of seaweed as they are move through the Caribbean, the Yucatan Channel and the Gulf of Mexico. With more information they can forecast when larger patches of seaweed are approaching the coast and can plan accordingly. This project also monitors the Sargasso situation in the Caribbean islands, from Grenada and Barbados to Puerto Rico.
In another initiative, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi is collecting reports from all over the Caribbean. Using the information they receive from different parts of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, satellite imagery and the movements of marine currents they can identify Sargassum source areas, track the floating seaweed and try to understand why it is reproducing so quickly.




Beach cleaning at Royal Resorts
At Royal Resorts beach cleaning brigades are out every morning. The fact that they work before the hottest part of the day means that you may not see them but they are doing their utmost to keep the sand looking beautiful.
We will give you further updates on the seaweed and the beach cleaning program as more information becomes available.

Sources and Further Information:
Maestra en Ciencias Rosa Rodriguez Martinez, Unidad de Sistemas Arrecifales del Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Puerto Morelos
Doyle, E and J Franks. 2015

Sargassum Fact Sheet. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
RadioFormula