Summer Seaweed Update for Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum

By popular demand an Update on the current Seaweed situation of Akumal, Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya and Tulum. Fly Cozumel is flying every day of the year along Mexico’s Caribbean coast of the state of Quintana Roo and the Gulf of Mexico in Yucatan and during our flights we have great views on the coast. Therefor, it is easy for us to give you an update about the current situation of the presence of Seaweed in the ocean and along the shore / beaches.

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Cancun and Isla Mujeres

Seaweed Update Cancun Riviera Maya

Cancun Hotels

The beaches of the Cancun Hotel zone mid May 2019 are Seaweed Free, some lost Seaweed on the public beach at the most. The resorts north of Cancun in Playa Mujeres have some Seaweed on the shore, but not in a disturbing way. Isla Mujeres is Seaweed Free. Popular beautiful beach Playa Norte is Seaweed free. Enjoy Summer!


Good news when you like white sand of Caribbean Islands. The West side of Cozumel Island is Seaweed free. The coasts are clear for hotels / resorts like Iberostar, Occidental, Fiesta Americana, Presidente, Hotel Cozumel, Cozumel Palace, Hotel B and Westin. Melia Resort might have some amount of seaweed once and a while. Looking for a Beach Club without Seaweed in Cozumel? We highly recommend beach club The Cabaña Beach.

At this moment The East Side of Cozumel (Mezcalitos, Playa Bonita. Hotel Ventanas al Mar) does have some Seaweed at some spots. Playa Bonita is full of Seaweed, though Rasta´s is Seaweed free. Hotel Ventas al Mar has some Seaweed on the beach, but in an acceptable amount.

Seaweed Update Cozumel East Side

Cozumel East Side

Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

It is very hard to give a general advice. Playa del Carmen has Seaweed. On the beaches and in the ocean. Though there is also some better news. Seaweed is being removed and some parts are just clean and have no Seaweed. Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen today, May 2019, have some areas completely Seaweed free. Other parts have Seaweed. Even in the same bay it may have these differences. Same is for Akumal and Puerto Aventuras.

Seaweed Update Riviera Maya Hotel

Puerto Aventuras

Seaweed Update Riviera Maya Beaches

Riviera Maya Coast


The situation in Tulum these days is not so good…. There is quite some Seaweed on the beaches and the ocean in front of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum is brownish of Seaweed.

The info we published today is the current situation and can change rapidly, feel free to leave a comment. It is our pleasure to give you a more specific Seaweed Update about a certain area or resort for Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya or Tulum:

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  1. Kyle C January 17, 2020 at 9:49 am - Reply

    How does Tulum hotel zone look currently? Thoughts on early March conditions? We were there in June last year and it was so terrible.

    • Fly Cozumel January 21, 2020 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      At the moment the beaches are clean and the ocean is beautifully blue and clean.

  2. Carol McCrory January 12, 2020 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    When will you actually know if there is going to be sargassum in playa del carmen beaches spring of 2020?

    • Fly Cozumel January 15, 2020 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Hi Carol. We fly over and can see real situations.

      • Christina January 15, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Does the hotel zone in Cancun get the sargassum? I’d like to find out if the hotel zone had sargassum last May 2019. How can I find that?
        We were at ocean maya in May 2019 and the seaweed was so bad we couldn’t go into ocean. We were gagging from the smell. It was terrible.

        • Fly Cozumel January 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm - Reply

          I am sorry Christina. Cant help you with that. At the moment it is seaweed free completely.

  3. Sur January 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    How is hacienda tres Rios?

    • Fly Cozumel January 15, 2020 at 11:52 am - Reply


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