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Looking to go to a beach on February 5th, 2020 stop in Costa Maya. Anybody know beach situation or which location would be better?

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Hard to say this far out.  Been a growing problem for several years.  It's due to currents carrying the stuff from both the African Continent and the Amazon river basin.

Just bear in mind, the issue isn't being ignored by beach club owners.  But the area is poor and the funding for better clean up from the Mexican or Quintana Roo governments isn't much.

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8 hours ago, SUESEABE said:

Looking to go to a beach on February 5th, 2020 stop in Costa Maya. Anybody know beach situation or which location would be better?

 

Agree, it is too difficult to predict this far out. We have had it completely clear December/ January time and returned end of February/beginning of March and seen a big difference.

 

since all beaches in Costa Maya face the same way, with beach clubs along the malecon literally rubbing shoulders with each other, if one has seaweed they all will. Some beach clubs make more effort than others to clean up but when it is really bad it is overwhelming and no amount of effort will result in a clear beach.

 

There are one or two isolated beach clubs outside the malecon which may be quieter but will still have a seaweed problem if it is there.

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On 9/27/2019 at 8:05 AM, crewsweeper said:

 It's due to currents carrying the stuff from both the African Continent and the Amazon river basin.

 

That's now at all how it works...

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2 minutes ago, crewsweeper said:

'Splain, then.

 

It's called sargassum for a reason.  It doesn't come from Africa or the Amazon basin.  It's an algae that develops in and around the sargasso sea.

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18 hours ago, BNBR said:

 

It's called sargassum for a reason.  It doesn't come from Africa or the Amazon basin.  It's an algae that develops in and around the sargasso sea.

And what currents surround the Sargasso Sea?  Where do they Originate or what continents do they touch on?

How about, for purposes in the Caribbean, the Canary Current, the North Atlantic Current, and the Caribbean Current, touching on West Africa and Northeast South America (pulling up from the Amazon basin)before reaching the Western Gulf and Central America, Mexico, then our beloved Florida Coast.

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28 minutes ago, crewsweeper said:

And what currents surround the Sargasso Sea?  Where do they Originate or what continents do they touch on?

How about, for purposes in the Caribbean, the Canary Current, the North Atlantic Current, and the Caribbean Current, touching on West Africa and Northeast South America (pulling up from the Amazon basin)before reaching the Western Gulf and Central America, Mexico, then our beloved Florida Coast.

 

It doesn't carry the seaweed "stuff" from Africa or the Amazon basin...  You clearly said the "stuff" comes from Africa and the Amazon basin, which is not correct.  Just admit you were wrong and move on already.  Although I'm glad you checked out the wiki article to try and find enough information to play word circus with your post and pretend to be right.

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We sail several times a year, usually in the winter.  This summer, we sailed in the Caribbean and were shocked to see that stuff all over the Atlantic and Caribbean.  I have never seen it as bad as it was in June.  There were days when we sailed and constantly saw lines of this seaweed in the ocean.  

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Usually  when the ocean  begins to cool a bit in late fall and winter, the sargassum drops way down.  But there are longer term concerns that the ocean may not cool as much as in the past.

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On 10/7/2019 at 5:01 PM, Icon901 said:

People find the silliest things to argue about on the internet. 
 

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Was in Mahahual on 11-20, no seaweed, all beaches clear. Further from the time we left lauderdale and returned no seaweed anywhere. 

There were 3 ships in port but the Malecon was sparsely populated. Had some drinks at the Malecon 21, great spot friendly staff and also had a beachside spot with entertainment.

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2 hours ago, Houndfish said:

Was in Mahahual on 11-20, no seaweed, all beaches clear. Further from the time we left lauderdale and returned no seaweed anywhere. 

There were 3 ships in port but the Malecon was sparsely populated. Had some drinks at the Malecon 21, great spot friendly staff and also had a beachside spot with entertainment.


Good to hear.
 

We are looking for a new spot next month. Is this at the south end near Nohoch and Sulumar? How was the sand?

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2 hours ago, Houndfish said:

Was in Mahahual on 11-20, no seaweed, all beaches clear. Further from the time we left lauderdale and returned no seaweed anywhere. 

There were 3 ships in port but the Malecon was sparsely populated. Had some drinks at the Malecon 21, great spot friendly staff and also had a beachside spot with entertainment.

Is that the newish place at the hotel just south of NoHoch Kay before Shulumar?

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10 minutes ago, c-leg5 said:


Good to hear.
 

We are looking for a new spot next month. Is this at the south end near Nohoch and Sulumar? How was the sand?

Same time ?  LOL

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9 minutes ago, crewsweeper said:

Is that the newish place at the hotel just south of NoHoch Kay before Shulumar?


If I remember correctly the sand is rather coarse down there- is that right?

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The building status is the ground floor where the bar and lounge are new and complete. The structure for upper floors is complete, mgr said they will start on rooms in about 6 mos.

It is s of 40 Canones and n of the commercial pier. The sand seemed ok to me. Google map it to be sure, I remember NoHoch and Sulamar but not sure of their exact locations.

Exited our cab at 40 Canones, walked s to the pier and back to Malecon 21. Then walked to the Light House with a few drink stops along the way. Had no issues with peddlers, hustlers.

Costa maya port was a zoo.

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Thanks Arzeena. We have chosen Tropicante for February and hopefully we will not have problems as well.

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14 hours ago, SUESEABE said:

Thanks Arzeena. We have chosen Tropicante for February and hopefully we will not have problems as well.

You are very welcome. Hope it will be the same "no weeds" situation when you go........ cannot give a 100% guarantee but keep your fingers crossed.

 

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4 hours ago, Arzeena said:

You are very welcome. Hope it will be the same "no weeds" situation when you go........ cannot give a 100% guarantee but keep your fingers crossed.

 


In our experience it has been better the last couple of years November through February. Seaweed has started end of Feb/ March.

 

It was clear in December when we were there, waiting to see  what Feb/March will bring this year.

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