Is There Sargassum Sargasso Seaweed On The Beach In Cozumel?

It is a question we receive daily these days: Is There Sargassum Sargasso Seaweed On The Beach In Cozumel? Its a legit question and as we fly daily above Cozumel island we are able to answer this question precisely. Feel free to reach out to us, also about the current Seaweed situation on the Beaches of Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

What is the Current Seaweed Situation on Cozumel Beaches?

Summer 2018 Update. The East side (wild side) of Cozumel that goes from the north lighthouse Punta Molas to the South lighthouse in Punta Sur has beaches completely Seaweed free, other beaches have quite an amount of Seaweed. So when you visit Cozumel and really want to disconnect on the Wild Side of the island, you will absolutely be able to find great spots not only without cell phone reach but also without Seaweed. No worries!

The Westside of the island, where hotels and resorts are like Iberostar, Occidental, Secrets, El presidente, Cozumel Palace, Hotel B, Coral Princess and Westin are most of the days Seaweed free. We reported some Seaweed on the beaches in the North West side of the island, but the quantity is minimal. You might see some Seaweed floating by, though it is still an absolute pleasure to be at the oceanside.

Cozumel Seaweed Today


Seaweed in Cozumel today.

We fully understand you might be worried; you are counting off for your vacation in Cozumel and then you hear all these horror stories about Seaweed beaches in Cozumel. The pictures in this article were taken in the last few days, so see for yourself. Come to Cozumel, the sun is shining! Smile!

Current Seaweed situation in cozumel

Our friends at Cozumel4you recently published some words about Seaweed as well :


What is the Current Seaweed Situation in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Cancun and Isla Mujeres?

It is the end of July 2018 , Summertime. We have found bigger concentrations of Seaweed on the beaches in Puerto Morelos and in some parts of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Big parts of Cancun, Riviera Maya and Isla Mujeres are completely Seaweed free.

During our flights we notice Seaweed is “gathering together” at certain spots at the Riviera Maya. Sargassum Seaweed on the beaches is temporary and it’s also quite unpredictable; don´t let it affect your holiday plans. Check and adjust if necessary. Feel free to ask us for the current situation: or, of course, reach out to the resort you will be staying at.

Seaweed Tulum Today

Where is all this seaweed coming from?

Quoting: “It is coming to The Mexican Caribbean from the Sargasso Sea, close to Bermuda, a vast patch of ocean named for a big area of free-floating seaweed called Sargassum. While there are many different types of algae found floating in the ocean all around the world, the Sargasso Sea is unique in that it holds species of Sargassum that reproduces on the high seas. Other seaweeds reproduce on the bottom of the ocean. When the Sargassum reaches the beaches it immediately dies. That is when we see birds coming down for a feeding frenzy. The combining stench of decomposing Sargassum and marine creatures in it soon becomes a smelly inconvenience…

Floating Seaweed in the Riviera Maya

So what is causing such major washing up on the beaches? Well, experts believe it has a lot to do with the currents and global warming that shown to affect Seaweed to varying degrees; Another theory points to wastewater and other pollution supplying nutrients for the algae to grow; a different temperature alone can’t make more Seaweed. Some scientists think that the extreme Sargassum growth pins some of the blame on the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010. As the oil from the spill broke down, it released nutrients that fueled the algae.”

Interesting article, what you need to know about sargassum seaweed:

Worth watching is a presentation by the Florida Atlantic University; you’ll find lots of information about Seaweed:

Want to know the Seaweed status of today in Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Cancun and Isla Mujeres? A great source, with updates and recent photos is

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7 Replies to “Is There Sargassum Sargasso Seaweed On The Beach In Cozumel?”

  1. Which Beaches are clear right now? We will be traveling the beginning of July. Initially planned to stay in Tulum but open to whatever is sargassum free right now.

    1. Thank you for your message Mary. All the beaches on the west side of Cozumel, the hotel/beach club area, is free of sargassum. There are many options for a beach club. I can recommend you a few: mr. Sanchos, Skyreef, The Westin, Hotel B, Punta Sur or Playa Mia. They all have what you want.

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