Have you heard about sargassum?

Sea with sargassum

For those who decide to organize the best vacation and have saved up to treat themselves, you will have to be careful not to book during the sargasso season. If you still don’t know exactly what it consists of, we explain it to you.

What is sargasso?

They are a kind of brown or green algae that smell unpleasant. They usually appear on the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean beaches due to the high levels of sewage and fertilizers that end up in the oceans, causing a massive growth of the algae.

Although it is not the only destination where sargassum has been found, it is truly worrisome the havoc it is causing to tourism in the area and is directly related to global warming, among other reasons.

Sargassum in Riviera Maya

It usually appears on the different beaches of the Caribbean coast from April onwards. Although the problem has worsened in recent years, the arrival of this algae has been observed since 2011.

The beach with sargassum

It is not advisable to go to the beach when algae are present, due to their toxicity indexes that can cause various problems to people.

They are also highly polluting when in contact with both seawater and sand, and are very dangerous to marine animals and reefs in the area.

In addition, when there is usually sargassum, operators and specialized personnel try to go to the coasts for its rapid elimination, so it will be difficult to enjoy it.

Uses of sargassum

Walking along the beach with sargassum

Despite all the environmental problems that this annoying algae can generate, alternative uses are being found to make the most of it. Firstly, it has been observed that it can be a source of energy to generate biogas or coal, among other types of fuel.

Another use for the sargassum is to convert it into material suitable for construction, although it is also being used as fertilizer thanks to its high nitrogen and other nutrient content.

Lodging in Riviera Maya

Take advantage of the sargassum-free season to stay at the best all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya. If you feel like visiting one of Mexico’s coastal cities, all you have to do is book a room at the Oasis hotel chain’s Cancun hotels.

The facilities themselves usually offer multiple activities for both adults and children, as well as other types of exercises on the beach itself. Reserve several days of your vacation to visit the best beaches in Cancun with your family, you will love them!

We also recommend that you reserve a table at one of the specialty restaurants that you will only find in the city, whether it is the Careyes restaurant that serves gourmet cuisine, or the wonderful restaurant The White Box.

About the Author
Patu Soto | Me gradué en Periodismo por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Durante estos años, he podido desarrollarme como periodista y fotógrafa amateur en el periódico El Ibérico ubicado en Londres. También he colaborado y publicado tanto artículos escritos como reportajes fotográficos en varios medios digitales. Tuve la oportunidad de desempeñar labores de Community Manager en el centro cultural japonés Sakigake en Madrid. Actualmente colaboro como Redactora SEO para Oasis Hoteles & Resorts, con sede en Cancún. En mis ratos libres sigo formándome, aprendiendo y conociendo más acerca del mundo digital en general y de los RRHH en particular. Si quieres conocer mi trabajo un poco más, conecta conmigo en mi Linkedin.

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