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Went to Nachi this past Thursday and the Sargassum was pretty heavy on the beach. Don't know if it was from the storm that diverted us from Grand Cayman to Key West, but the shoreline was pretty deep in Sargassum earlier than we've seen in previous years.

 

Just a heads up for anyone traveling to Cozumel in the near future.

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2 hours ago, bguppies said:

Went to Nachi this past Thursday and the Sargassum was pretty heavy on the beach. Don't know if it was from the storm that diverted us from Grand Cayman to Key West, but the shoreline was pretty deep in Sargassum earlier than we've seen in previous years.

 

Just a heads up for anyone traveling to Cozumel in the near future.


Unusual for it to affect the west coast but as I am sure you are aware we suffered the same fate on one of our visits to Nachi several years ago and then had a completely clear day in Costa Maya. All depends on the storms.  The winds and currents seem to have been bad the last few weeks. 

 

Whilst Nachi made a half-hearted attempt to clear it half-way through the day we were there  I got the impression because it is unusual they didn’t have the manpower or resources to make a real effort.
 

Sargassum is much more prevalent on the east side of Cozumel but again not much effort made to clear it since it is not where most tourist $$ are spent. It is unfortunate since the natural beauty of the east side is its main attraction when conditions are right.
 

I have read this is forecast to be a bad year again judging by the blooms in the Atlantic. Time will tell how much comes ashore but you are correct we have generally found February to be relatively clear. We have seen it in March. It seems like it is becoming more prevalent year round.

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We had seen heavy Sargassum on one of our previous trips to Nachi, but if I remember, it was a trip in the springtime, so after many stops at Nachi in Dec-Feb, I was just surprised at the Sargassum so soon.

Didn't impact our day, but just thought I'd mention it, so it wouldn't be a shock to a first timer to one of the beach clubs.

 

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56 minutes ago, Krazcruiser said:

What's it like now, I'll be at Paradise Beach first week of May 

The webcam at Presidente Intercontinental should be indicative of current conditions.

 

The one at the port doesn’t seem to be available currently. 

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16 minutes ago, Krazcruiser said:

Time to update this topic. Any saurgassum, I'll be there next Sunday, thanks

Did you check the live webcams? Both currently working. Looks clear enough at the moment but that depends on weather between now and when you visit.

 

it was reportedly bad a couple of weeks ago on the west coast.

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2 hours ago, Krazcruiser said:

Yes checked the webcams, was hoping to hear from some boots on the ground, but yes looking good so far, Roatan as well

Boots on the ground are useful but historic. Webcams are live and will give an indication of that coast in general. If you were going to east coast, all bets are off.

 

if it is really important check forecast for wind direction.

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The sargassum situation can change drastically - and quickly - due to currents and wind. We’ve enjoyed gorgeous beaches in the AM (webcam confirmed no sargassum) only to have sheets of the stuff start piling up after we arrived…
So just a comment that it can change that quickly, no guarantees…

 

When the west shore is impacted, as it occasionally is, there are many unhappy land vacationed who chose Coz over the Riviera Maya to minimize that problem…🤷🏼

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2 hours ago, cruisegal40 said:

Any updates on this subject?


As stated by PP what has happened historically won’t help you plan.

 

If you are going to the west coast check the webcams it can change according to storms and prevailing currents.


If you are going to the east coast in the summer assume there is sargassum and be thankful if there isn’t.

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2 hours ago, c-leg5 said:


As stated by PP what has happened historically won’t help you plan.

 

If you are going to the west coast check the webcams it can change according to storms and prevailing currents.


If you are going to the east coast in the summer assume there is sargassum and be thankful if there isn’t.

Thanks for this. We are going to Paradise Beach at the end of May.  Will still enjoy the place as we had a tough winter up north in NE. Again, much appreciated.

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1 hour ago, cruisegal40 said:

Thanks for this. We are going to Paradise Beach at the end of May.  Will still enjoy the place as we had a tough winter up north in NE. Again, much appreciated.


No problem.  The west coast does not have sargassum predominantly it is intermittent due to storms and currents.
 

One webcam is by International pier,  other further south between Paradise Beach and the southern piers at Intercontinental Presidente. Just google Cozumel webcams, they will give you an indication closer to your visit. 

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20 hours ago, c-leg5 said:


No problem.  The west coast does not have sargassum predominantly it is intermittent due to storms and currents.
 

One webcam is by International pier,  other further south between Paradise Beach and the southern piers at Intercontinental Presidente. Just google Cozumel webcams, they will give you an indication closer to your visit. 

C-leg. Thank you so much for this.

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