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Sargasso in the Riviera Maya

What is sargasso?

Sargasso is a type of seaweed that is often found in the Sargasso Sea, a region located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a floating algae that is unique in that it does not attach itself to the ocean floor or any other surfaces. Instead, it drifts with the ocean currents, creating a distinctive ecosystem that supports a variety of marine life. Sargasso is an important part of the ocean’s ecosystem, as it provides food and shelter for various species of fish, turtles, and other marine life.

However, in recent years, the amount of sargasso washing up on the shores of the Riviera Maya has been increasing significantly. This has caused concern among locals and tourists alike, as the buildup of sargasso can have a negative impact on the area’s beaches and marine life.

How can we avoid Sargasso?

The build up of sargasso on the shore is dependent on the season and the currents of the water. The levels of sargasso change daily and with the season. A good rule of thumb is that it recedes in the winter and spring, the perfect time for a destination wedding. Fortunately there are areas in the Riviera Maya where the current does not deposit the seaweed on the beach, keeping it clean for your destination wedding and your guests. A great page on Facebook posts regular maps and crowd sourced photos from current guests in the area.

Here is a map from March 2023.

North of Cancun is the Playa Mujeres are where sargasso rarely accumulates due to the current of the water through the straight. Across from Playa Mujeres is Isla Mujeres, another are that stays relatively free of sargasso. These resorts are on a gated peninsula offering an extra layer of security and privacy.

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is an island that offers more privacy and unique locations for a destination wedding. Here’s some wedding videos from the Zama Beach Club on the island’s coast:


The issue of sargasso in the Riviera Maya is a complex one, with no easy solution. However, it is clear that the presence of sargasso has had a significant impact on the area’s tourism industry. While efforts are being made to address the problem, it is important to remember that sargasso is a natural occurrence in the ocean and plays an important role in cleaning the sea. However with careful planning and an eye on current trends, you can avoid it for your destination wedding.