Sargassum free beach in Isla Mujeres

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Looking for the ideal vacation? If the answer is yes, you probably have among your options to visit Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, a tourist destination that for its paradisiacal panoramas has gained fame in recent years. When planning a trip to this destination, many aspects are considered, such as the quality of the hotels where you will stay, the activities nearby and the available budget. However, most tourists forget to check one essential point to make their trip as memorable as they dreamed: the absence of sargassum on the beaches.

Si forma parte de las miles de personas que no saben qué es el sargazo y cómo puede afectar su experiencia vacacional, le recomendamos seguir leyendo este artículo, en el que informamos acerca de estas algas marinas y le aconsejamos cómo librarse de ellas. Al terminar de leer, tendrás las herramientas para que sus vacaciones pasen de ser un simple descanso a convertirse en una experiencia idílica que nunca olvidará.

What is sargassum?

The first question is to clarify what we mean by the word sargassum, also known as gulf weed or cheat weed. From a scientific point of view (in whose terminology it is called Sargassum, a genus of macroalgae of the planktonic type), they are seen as brownish or blackish-green algae that, thanks to their gas-filled vesicles, stay afloat in the ocean currents. Although that doesn't explain why their presence would be so fatal to your vacation, does it?

Sargassum is mainly produced in tropical areas of the world (the ones you choose as a destination for your relaxation trips) and, as a possible consequence of climate change and ocean pollution, the amount of it seen on beaches has increased dramatically. This algae moves thanks to the movement of sea water and ends up concentrating on the coasts, giving rise to the phenomenon known as "brown tide".

The accumulation of weeds from the gulf on the beaches ruins the normally paradisiacal landscape of the coasts of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. It gives an ugly brownish color to a landscape that is usually characterized by white sand and crystal clear waters. Such a detail is usually a detriment for many tourists who do not wish to see their experience diminished by the arrival of a brown tide.

Sargassum on another beach (not in Isla Mujeres)

The consequences of sargassum

As expected, sargassum produces several negative effects on the marine ecosystem. Among them are the loss of sea grasses, the increase of concentrated nitrogen and phosphorus, the affectation of animals such as sea turtles, etc.

Of course, these factors should concern us all because of their ecological impact, although for the average tourist there is a more palpable consequence. The increase of sargassum transforms vacation landscapes, ending up in something very different from what hotels promise in their promotional images.

Sargassum-free beach

North Beach on Isla Mujeres: an idyllic experience

Your vacation experience in Isla Mujeres will be free of sargassum. Located in the Caribbean Sea, 13 km off the coast of Cancun (Quintana Roo, Mexico), Isla Mujeres is a tourist town that thanks to its natural beauty has gained recognition in recent years. Only in 2020 it managed to position itself as one of the 20 best beaches in the world, an award granted by TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice.

Such a distinction, as well as many others it has earned, is not difficult to understand. The proximity to the Caribbean guarantees waters of an enchanting crystalline color that join the immaculate white of its sand. In addition, the destination has a pleasant warm climate that makes it an option to visit at any time of the year.

Within Isla Mujeres, Playa Norte is the privileged site for tourists, who can enjoy a myriad of activities and entertainment options. The experience would be a true idyll thanks to the absence of sargassum, don't you think? Well, we have good news: that's precisely what you can expect when you check out Privilege Aluxes Hotel's offer.

Resort hotels in Isla Mujeres: A sargassum free trip

On Isla Mujeres, you'll find our all-inclusive resort hotel located on Playa Norte. Here, the service builds an experience that any couple in the world would enjoy as if it were a getaway to Eden. But let's not talk about the facilities or the activities they put at your fingertips, but the most attractive feature: A 100 percent sargassum-free experience.

Imagine the possibilities. Days on the shores of a sea so azure it could be mistaken for the sky itself. Long walks on white sand that slips softly through your fingers. A gift of nature devoid of flaws, including the weeds of the gulf that with its ugly blackish color affects so many nearby beaches and scares away a considerable number of tourists.

This image is just the tip of the iceberg in the potential of Playa Norte, as there are still activities to do there. From diving in the nearby coral reefs, to snorkeling and visits to the remains of Mayan temples, to the possibility of arranging a spa session and even a wedding with these wonderful beaches as a backdrop for your photos.

So if you are looking for a vacation that will last in your memory (and in the photos you will upload to social networks), Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres is your winning option. Not only does it offer panoramas that will remain etched in your eyes forever, but it is also one of the last places in the world that remains untouched by the negative action of sargassum. Don't wait any longer to give this Caribbean destination a chance.

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