Playa Del Carmen 2024 Seaweed Season Report [UPDATED 23.07.24]

Wondering about seaweed season and what is the current sargassum situation in Playa del Carmen? Feel free to check here before you head to the beach. While seaweed can be a natural occurrence in coastal areas, excessive amounts can impact the beach experience.

What are the current seaweed conditions of the beaches in Playa del Carmen?

This is playa 4 norte in Playa del Carmen on 21.07.24 – source: Paco en Riviera Maya, cenotes y playas

Latest updates from the media we follow:

Secretaría de Medio Ambiente Sustentable y Cambio Climático y Zofemat reported on 23.07.2024:


Red de Monitoreo del Sargazo de Quintana Roo reported on 13.07.24:

The beaches in Playa del Carmen experience a seasonal seaweed influx that can change throughout the year. While efforts are being made to address the situation, visitors should know that the seaweed may impact their beach experience. Some beaches may have more seaweed than others, and the amount can vary from day to day. It is recommended that visitors check with their accommodations or local authorities for updates on the seaweed situation and plan accordingly. Please mind that not every beach gets seaweed every day.

Playa Del Carmen Seaweed Map – Updated 11.07.2024


Green – sargassum-free
Yellow – moderate sargassum
Orange – sargassum level high
Red – excessive sargassum
Click on the beach umbrella icon, and check the latest beach photos taken especially by our team in Playa del Carmen.

Check Playa del Carmen Beach Live Webcams

We recommend you do your own research, by easily checking the live beach webcameras in Playa del Carmen. Thus, you can not only check Playa del Carmen weather but see it in real-time and also have a glimpse at the current seaweed situation. Make sure to check the state of the beach before you go.

Active Live Web Cameras in Playa del Carmen – 28.06.2024

Playa del Carmen Beachfront Live Cam – Playa Palms Beach Hotel
Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen webcam
Puerto Morelos Casa Tucan

and check some of the nearby beaches on Live Webcams:

Isla Mujeres – Vista panorámica de Playa Norte
Live Beach cam Hotel Krystal Cancun
Grand Park Royal Luxury Resorts
Live Beach cam Cozumel
Puerto Morelos – Windy.com
El Parque de Xel Ha, Quintana Roo

Previously available:

Playa del Carmen Beachfront Live Cam – Xaman Ha Condominiums – not available
The Royal Haciendas 2 Live Cam – not available
Vista Panorámica de Playa del Carmen – PlayaCar Palace  – not available
Cancún Quintana Roo, En Vivo | Vista Panorámica de Punta Cancún– not available
Viva Wyndham Azteca PlayaCar webcam – not available
Vista de la playa de Cozumel desde el Hotel Presidente – not available

We’d recommend also following or checking the latest information and seaweed updates & posts on Facebook:

Sargasso Seaweed Updates Riviera Maya – Facebook Group
Mexico Sargassum Seaweed Updates (Cancun, PDC, Tulum, etc.) – Facebook Group
La Playa Xpu-ha Beach Club

Are there any alternative activities to do in Playa del Carmen if the beaches are affected by seaweed?

Aktun Chac-mool

Cenote Aktun Chacmool

Yes, there are plenty of alternative activities to do in Playa del Carmen if the beaches are affected by seaweed. Visitors can explore the town’s vibrant culture by visiting local markets, museums, and art galleries. Tulum ruins are nearby, also there are lots of places you can visit Coba & Punta Laguna, and Sian Ka’an reserve, too.

Discover Playa Del Carmen: Natural Beauty & Ancient Mayan Ruins

 

 Tours from Playa del Carmen Price Tour Duration Get this tour
Aktun Chacmool & Villa Guadalupe from Playa 184USD 8am-5:30pm Book Now
Choj Ha & El Naranjal from Playa 214USD 8am-5:30pm Book Now
Coba Ruins & Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve from Playa 184USD 8am-5:30pm Book Now
Sian Ka’an Biosphere & Muyil Ruins from Playa 184USD 8am-1:30pm Book Now

Coba Ruins

Coba Ruins

 

Some of the Best Cenotes are near Playa del Carmen – Why Not Try or Learn to Scuba Dive

 

Try Diving in Cenotes near Playa del Carmen Price Duration Get this tour
Discover Scuba Diving: 1 Cenote Dive $154 1:30pm – 4:30pm Book Now
Discover Scuba Diving in Casa Cenote + Snorkel in Dos Ojos $214 8am – 2pm Book Now
Discover Scuba Diving: 1 Cenote Dive + 1 Ocean Dive $214 8am – 1:30pm Book Now

Snorkel with Akumal Sea Turtles

 

Akumal Snorkel from Playa del Carmen Prices in USD Duration Get this Tour
🐢Akumal Reef snorkel from Playa del Carmen $109 8am-11am Book Now
🐢Snorkel in Akumal reef & Dos Ojos from Playa del Carmen $139 8am-1:30pm Book Now
🐢Playa del Carmen’s Best: Akumal Snorkel & 1 Dive in Dos Ojos $204 8am-1:30pm Book Now

Cenote Snorkel Tours from Playa del Carmen Price Tour Duration Get this tour
2 Cenotes Snorkel Tour from Playa 124USD 8am-1:30pm Book Now

Experience the vibrant charm of Playa del Carmen beyond its sandy shores. In case seaweed affects the beaches, visitors can always explore the mesmerizing cenotes, perfect for water adventures such as snorkeling, scuba diving, too and cliff jumping & zip-lining.

Cenote Carwash

Don’t let the seaweed situation deter you from enjoying all that Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya have to offer.

What is causing the seaweed problem in Playa del Carmen?


This was Calle 16 beach, Playa del Carmen on 12.04.2023

The seaweed problem in Playa del Carmen is caused by various factors, including climate change, ocean currents, and pollution. The sargassum seaweed, which is the type that is currently affecting the area, originates in the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean and is carried by ocean currents to the Caribbean. Warmer ocean temperatures and increased nutrient levels from pollution can cause the seaweed to grow rapidly, leading to the excessive amounts seen on the beaches of the Rivira Maya.

 

When is the seaweed season in Playa del Carmen?

This was Mamitas beach, Playa del Carmen on 15.05.2023 during seaweed clearing 

Sargassum accumulation typically peaks during the summer months from April-May to August sometimes even to October. However, it can appear at any time throughout the year, making it challenging to predict its seasonal patterns. One positive aspect is that seaweed levels can change suddenly and drastically overnight, influenced by ocean currents and wind conditions. The beach water may be brown and murky one day but completely clear the next. While this is not guaranteed, it’s important to note that weather and ocean conditions can lead to improvements over time.

Some areas are more effective than others in managing it, with certain resorts even installing barrier nets to keep the seaweed off their beaches. While public beaches may not be as maintained, resorts and hotels are committed to providing the best possible experience for thei guests.

How are the local government and businesses addressing the issue?

The current bloom was predicted two years ago and is so extensive that it can be seen from space.

The local government and businesses in Playa del Carmen are taking steps to address the seaweed situation. Some hotels and resorts have hired crews to manually remove the seaweed from the beaches, while others use machinery to clear the shorelines. The government has also implemented a program to collect and dispose of the seaweed and is working with researchers to find long-term solutions to the problem. However, it is important to note that seaweed is a natural occurrence and cannot be completely eliminated. Visitors should check with their accommodations for updates on the seaweed situation and plan accordingly.

Solutions to Sargassum Seaweed

Scientists are working diligently to find solutions, including harvesting sargassum to use as a cleaner biofuel, similar to coal. These efforts aim to keep our beaches cleaner and more enjoyable for everyone. Several solutions are now know to mitigate the impact of sargassum seaweed in Playa Del Carmen. These solutions include:

Mechanical Removal – the use of boats and machinery to remove the seaweed from the shorelines and the sea. While it is a viable solution, it is expensive and unsustainable.

Biological Control – introducing natural predators of sargassum seaweed, such as sea urchins, to control its growth. However, this solution requires careful monitoring and may have unintended consequences on the marine ecosystem.

Beach Management – implementing strategies such as beach nourishment, sediment retention, and dune restoration to prevent the accumulation of seaweed on the beaches. This solution is cost-effective and sustainable, but it requires long-term planning and management.

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