Sargassum invades the beaches of Progreso, Yucatan in 2022

Massive amounts of sargassum accumulated on the shores of Progreso Beach the first weekend in September. Dozens of locals and out-of-towners took advantage of the port's amenities.

Sargassum invades the beaches of Progreso, Yucatan in 2022
Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on the beach in Progreso, Yucatan. Photo: Archive file

The first weekend of September attracted enormous quantities of sargassum from the Progreso beach shore, but also dozens of national tourists who now did access the services found in the port within its coastal zone. This caused astonishment in several of the workers of the traditional boardwalk and commissaries with nearby ports, which just seven days ago disastrously closed in the summer of 2022.

Now it was a green alga, which arrived early Saturday morning in large quantities, to the point where it saturated the coastline that covers both jetties and the stretch towards Chicxulub Puerto.

So far no cleanup or intervention operation has been deployed by agencies such as the Ecological Police or any brigade of organizations such as the Navy. Nor was there any communication regarding the situation, even the red flags did not appear anywhere along the coast of Progreso.

The appearance of the sargassum, fortunately for the tourist workers, was not a reason to prevent them from stopping their activities, because surprisingly the national visitors began to enter the water, while most of the foreign tourists chose to avoid entering the water because of the phenomenon, so they stayed in the vicinity of 80th Street by 23rd and 25th, in the row of restaurants managed by residents of other nations.

"The red tide moved away, but people still can't go into the sea, in conditions like these, at least not this weekend, several went in and got out when they saw that it was sticking to their bodies, besides the water has not yet been cleaned 100 percent. This Saturday and Sunday were more profitable than the days with the beach closed. Today each waiter will have served at least five tables, if they were customers who came with their families, up to five hundred pesos per day was taken from each one," said Juan Pablo Najera, waiter.

Fishermen who claimed to be knowledgeable about the situation confirmed that the phenomenon is part of the red tide lags, which persist in that it became less problematic thanks to the rains that have disseminated the algae and sea flax, the main organisms that have kept the seafarer without product.

Workers in the tourist area admitted that the number of visitors exceeded a thousand, but throughout the day some changed destinations or took advantage of the palapas to have lunch and enjoy the day; only in more extreme cases, entire families left on board their vehicles or tour trucks to travel to Chelem or Chuburn√°, where the sea was crystal clear.

Beaches of Progreso, Yucatan

The emerald green beaches of Yucatan are an option to cool off with your family, visit a nearby cenote, admire the mangrove forests, the archaeological sites, and the species of flora and fauna typical of the Yucatan coast.

During a trip made in Yucatan, from Chuburna to Dzilam de Bravo passing through Progreso, it is possible to admire a set of clean beaches, to the point that Yucatecan families and national and foreign visitors can enjoy the cleanliness and tranquility of the beaches.

Telchac is mostly populated by summer houses and some hotels, but that does not prevent enjoying the small coastal population of beaches and sport fishing in some points. In Telchac, families who live nearby often go to the small boardwalk to eat and stroll in the afternoons and of course to dive into the clean waters of the beach of this small Yucatan port that does not escape the arrival of foreign visitors although in a smaller scale than the beaches of the Riviera Maya.

The beautiful beaches of Progreso, an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.
The beautiful beaches of Progreso, are an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.

Santa Clara, one of the most emerald beaches and with the least propaganda, is also one of the most tranquil and free of sargassum, algae that at this time has caused a strong crisis on the beaches of Quintana Roo, where the hotel sector is suffering from its occupation in almost 40 percent of its availability, due to the bad "recommendation" that gives the great wave of sargassum that has arrived at this time.

In the same route of Yucatan, entering a few kilometers to the road that leads to Dzemul, it is possible to admire the pink flamingos, this species has its main refuge in the mangroves of the saline lagoon and see them in the middle of a pink lake, without having to go to Celestun, is a plus added to the visit of the beaches of Yucatan.

Finally, in San Crisanto, located about 80 kilometers from the capital of Yucatan. It is possible to observe the "eyes of water", especially one, which attracts domestic and foreign tourists attracted by the presence of marine species that have adapted to the freshwater that possibly arises from an underground cenote.