The Most Up-To-Date Information on Tulum's Seaweed

This article provides the most recent information available on the sargassum seaweed situation in Tulum, Mexico for the current 2022 season.

The Most Up-To-Date Information on Tulum's Seaweed
The Present Day Definitive Seaweed Report for Tulum. Credit: Esmaragdo Camaz

Tulum's beaches have recovered their natural beauty with the absence of seaweed, an image that captivates local bathers and visitors and at the same time favors commercial activities.

Sergio Alcalá, in charge of the Paraíso beach spa, indicated that fortunately there are no sargassum arrivals and this motivates residents and national and foreign visitors to go to the beaches, mainly on weekends.

He mentioned that this high affluence has allowed up to 60 percent of the hiring of massage services and other therapeutic packages, although there is still a little less than a month before the winter vacations, but the pre-season feeling is very good.

The interviewee added that when the high season begins they expect the flow of bathers to increase even more and with it also their sales.

The beaches are the main attraction for tourism and in past months they did not have so many people due to the abundant presence of sargassum, but now in the winter season all tourism sectors are favored and with this, they hope to recover economically.

"This is the pre-season and thanks to the fact that the beaches are clean we see a greater number of visitors and that has favored us, but we expect more tourists with purchasing power for December," he said.

On the other hand, Rosa Buzo, Candy Rodríguez, and José Rodríguez, tourists from Costa Rica, declared that they had a pleasant visit to see that the beaches of the destination show their beauty and the characteristic white sand and turquoise blue sea, without the presence of the sargassum that in past months overshadowed Tulum's paradisiacal image.

Given this unforgettable experience in the destination, they said they recommend their family and friends to visit it. They explained that they decided to travel to Tulum for a birthday, but were so captivated that they plan to return as soon as possible. They indicated that Costa Rica has very beautiful beaches, but the ones in Tulum are unmatched.

When does the seaweed season start in Tulum?

Sargassum seaweed in Tulum usually starts to arrive towards the end of March or April. Still, hoteliers have already gotten used to it, as it is a recurrent and seasonal phenomenon. In many cases, individuals collect a large part of the seaweed and invest unsustainable amounts, so they have to seek to make it more and more economically sustainable.

Cleaning sargassum has reached the cost that lodging centers spend to pay for the electric energy service in their businesses. The seaweed, which can double in less than three weeks and has particularly saturated the beaches of Tulum, became a problem for the tourism industry of unimaginable magnitude.

What is sargassum?

It is a brown floating seaweed that reproduces rapidly and feeds on sunlight. Its origin is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between the north of Africa and the north of South America, where the so-called "Sargasso Sea" is located.

The marine currents drag the sargassum towards the north of the planet in the direction of the Caribbean Sea. Its presence obstructs the passage of light to the sea, which affects marine life, mainly underwater grasses.

Being in a kind of islands, the lower parts of the sargassum islands that form in the sea die and generate acids and other compounds harmful to marine life and human activities on the beach. Therefore, it has to be removed immediately, which also causes beach erosion.