Arrival of sargassum keeps visitors away from beaches in Cozumel

On the eastern side of Cozumel, the federal government will pay for a temporary employment program to hire people to clean up the area. Image: Noticaribe
On the eastern side of Cozumel, the federal government will pay for a temporary employment program to hire people to clean up the area. Image: Noticaribe

A large amount of sargassum accumulated on public beaches in the eastern part of the Cozumel island, causes places to look empty, mainly during weekends.

During a tour, Infoqroo witnessed the large mounds of sargassum on the seashore, which affect the profits of the tourism sector in particular in "Chen Rio", one of the beach clubs with the highest concentration of tourists and locals.

Most visitors choose to retire from the place since a large amount of seaweed is found practically in all the seashore, leaving the public beaches of San Martin, Punta Chiqueros, Playa Bonita, among others, with no presence of bathers.

In this regard, the local director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), Ricardo Lizama Escalante, said that a group of 40 people works to clear the beaches, however, this is insufficient due to the large number that comes in, so it is necessary machinery to deal with this problem.

Although he acknowledged that the phenomenon is less than in other destinations in Quintana Roo, the eastern part of the island is not viable for tourists to visit. Therefore, he exhorted to go to the public beaches of the western area, or near the boardwalk of the city, since its location does not register affectations due to the massive arrival of sargassum.

Source: INFOQROO

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Although the eastern zone of Cozumel is invaded by sargassum, the hotel zones in the north and south have not been affected, which is an opportunity before the indications on this alga in other destinations, such as Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

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Cozumel is not being affected by the arrival of sargasso as it happens with several neighboring municipalities such as Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos, and Benito Juárez, because the little sargassum that reaches the beaches is being properly removed by personnel from the federal maritime land area.

In the vicinity of the San Miguel dock, with the help of personnel from the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), they work to leave the beaches of the island of the swallows free of sargassum.

The beaches with sargasso in Playa del Carmen and other municipalities is benefiting Cozumel as tourists are crossing from the continental massif to the island, as the Apiqroo has reported an increase in passenger inflow from San Miguel dock from 5 thousand a day to 17 thousand passengers between both shipping companies that provide the crossing service between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

This benefit has resulted in that the providers of aquatic tourist services have a 90 percent occupation. Restaurant owners are reporting 85 percent occupancy with domestic and foreign diners.

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