Sargassum Seaweed in Cozumel 2020

Sargassum Seaweed on Cozumel 2019

Like birds–tourists are migrating to Cozumel to flee the advancement of sargassum because the seaweed has not invaded the beaches of this island and the water is still crystal clear. Because of the sargassum invasion in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Playa del Carmen, many travelers have opted to move to Cozumel instead of staying on the mainland of the Mexican Caribbean. What is causing the Sargassum to grow in such quantities? Experts believe it has a lot to do with the currents, global warming, wastewater and other pollution supplying nutrients for the algae to grow. Understand that there is a sizeable amount of seaweed growing between the coast of Africa and Brazil, an area they have coined the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt. The seaweed moves from the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt to Mexico and the Caribbean region by hitching a ride on currents. As it makes its way along these streams, the sargassum picks up more and more nutrients and continues to grow.

Cozumel continues to be one of the least sargassum affected municipalities and maintains clean beaches (different from the landscape of other Quintana Roo destinations). This phenomenon will continue throughout the summer, but for the geographical condition of Cozumel, there is not much here, so with the ongoing cleaning work, the issue is being dealt with. This translates into tourist benefits during all holiday seasons and allowed Cozumel to receive the title “Sargassum free” by surveys from the council of national tourist destinations. On Cozumel’s west-facing beaches where hotels (IberostarOccidentalSecretsEl PresidenteCozumel PalaceHotel BCoral Princess, and Westin), resorts, and beach clubs never have the seaweed problems of the mainland. You can contact us at for a seaweed update or check availability at our fifteenth Avenida boutique inn.

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