Sargassum has been present on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean in larger than normal quantities since the summer of 2013. Climate change and other environmental factors have caused ocean conditions to change, making the Caribbean Sea ripe for the bloom of this seaweed. Fish, turtles, and other marine life love the sargassum, but maybe you would prefer to have a clear beach for your vacation!
Villa del Palmar
Villa del Palmar Cancun is located in Playa Mujeres, which has fortunately been spared from much of the influx of sargassum that Cancun’s hotel zone, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Puerto Morelos are seeing.
The beach at Villa del Palmar still has crystal clear water, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, and a clean beach with sand free of seaweed. Our crews perform daily beach cleanings, so our guests can enjoy the beautiful white sands that Cancun is known for.
The island of Isla Mujeres, just across the water from Villa del Palmar Cancun, also has not been hit so hard by the sargassum algae.
The island is an easy day trip from Cancun, and we recommend going to Playa Norte on the north end of the island. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The ocean off the coast of this beach is so calm, it’s more like a very large swimming pool, because there are almost no ocean waves. This is a great place to swim with young children or less-experienced swimmers.
In addition to having clean beaches without sargassum, Isla Mujeres is also one of the most world renowned sites for snorkeling, scuba diving, and other outdoor adventure activities. There is a natural reef park at the south end of the island called “Garrafón” that has zip lines over the ocean, kayaks, panoramic pools, island excursions, hammocks, and even a temazcal in case you would like to try a traditional indigenous steam bath.
To get to Isla Mujeres, take the Ultramar Ferry from the Puerto Juárez dock that is located just 5 minutes from Villa del Palmar Cancún. Ferries depart for Isla Mujeres every 30 minutes.
Other Things To Do In Cancun
Even with the sargassum, Cancun remains a favorite Mexican destination. There are so many activities to do in and around Cancun that you will surely find something for everyone. From exploring cenotes (natural freshwater cave systems), to visiting Mayan archaeological sites, to exploring the islands, to indulging in world class gastronomy and wellness and pampering facilities like the Village Spa at Villa del Palmar, this destination is perfect for the whole family.
Villa del Palmar Cancun offers all-inclusive luxury, clean beaches, turquoise waters, first class services, a wide variety of gourmet dining options and numerous activities and watersports. Your unforgettable Caribbean vacation starts at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa!