A few months ago, it seemed like the Sargassum would never stop rolling in.
For you folks who don’t know what Sargassum is, it’s a type of seaweed that has been showing up throughout the Caribbean in massive and unprecedented quantities since 2011. It piles up on the beaches, chokes the bays and smells absolutely terrible.
Here’s a pic of the stinky stuff taken back in July:
Around September, which is the low tourist season here and is often referred to by locals as Septi-hambre (hambre means hunger in Spanish), the Sargassum stopped rolling in and the beaches returned to their former beauty.
I even joked at the time that the Sargassum must have only been vacationing here because it left with the tourists.
Since then, the Sargassum-free trend has continued in this area. Here are some pics of what the beaches look like nowadays:
Let’s Wrap This Up
There’s no way to predict with any real certainty when this trend will end and the Sargassum will return. In the meantime, we plan to get as many beach days in as humanly possible.