Today, I’m going to address a common question that we get on an almost weekly basis from followers of our blog. The question was actually in the title of the post, but just in case you missed it, here it is again:
When is the best time to visit Cancun or the Riviera Maya to avoid the seaweed?
People ask the question in different ways. Some people even ask me to tell them if there will likely be and seaweed on a particular date.
Their faith in my abilities is both flattering and disturbing at the same time.
Just for the record, I don’t have the ability to predict which beach days will be perfect and which will be marred by seaweed; however, I can provide a more detailed answer to the question above, that may — and I’m stressing that word may — provide some guidance for people thinking of booking a vacation to either Cancun or the Riviera Maya in the near future.
The best way to answer this particular question is with a video containing plenty of visual aids and examples — so, I made one.
I’m going to break my answer down into two parts: the good news and the bad news.
Let’s start with the bad news. There is no season for Sargassum. It arrives periodically throughout the year. That means there is no perfect month or week to book your trip in order to guarantee that you won’t see any.
Time for the good news.
Just because it’s washing up one day, doesn’t mean it will be washing up the next day or even the next week after that. The seaweed situation changes rapidly depending on factors like the weather, so one bad day doesn’t mean that you’re vacation is a bust.
Let’s Wrap This Up
So, if you’re thinking booking a trip down to the areas of Cancun or the Riviera Maya, just do it!
If the Sargassum is rolling in one day, don’t worry. There are plenty of things to do in this area. You can head to the cenotes (which are fresh water springs), go ziplining, cave exploring, visit the ruins or even head inland to explore some of the great cities and towns there, like Valladolid.
And, as I like to say: Mexico is like pizza. Even when it isn’t perfect, it’s still pretty awesome!
Well, that’s it for today. Hasta luego.