If we tell you that you can enjoy an incredible vacation without worrying about sargassum, would you believe us?
You better, because, although it seems hard to believe, it is possible and, in this post, we will give you all the inside tips. It’s not a secret that the arrival of sargassum to the Mexican Caribbean has increased, making you wonder if you should change your vacation plans. Don’t do it!
Did you know that the beaches of Quintana Roo are just a small part of its beauty? Throughout the state, you can find cenotes, lakes, lagoons, underground rivers, and parks where you can experience extreme adventures during your vacations. So, pack your bags for this trip because you will get to know many other wonders without worrying about sargassum.
There are more than 6,000 cenotes in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. In Quintana Roo we have some of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. Can you imagine entering the jungle to discover a natural pool? If so, then Xenotes is the perfect adventure for you where you will see the four different type of cenotes. On this tour, you can swim, rappel, fly on zip lines or jump off from mini cliff that are several meters high from the cenotes.
Another great adventure that you shouldn’t miss is exploring the underwater caverns. We recommend you visit Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Pit, and Cenotes Sac Actún. These places located in the Riviera Maya, you can dive among formations from hundreds of years ago.
Want more cenotes? Visit Cenote Manatí, Caleta Yalkú, Cenote Azul, and Cenote Cristalino. There’s also the Ruta de los Cenotes between Cancun and Puerto Morelos where you can enjoy a relaxing moment in nature.
Lakes and lagoons
Although it is hard to believe, Quintana Roo has some of the most beautiful lagoons in Mexico, which can be an excellent option for your next vacation in the Mexican Caribbean.
The most famous is the magical town of Bacalar, which is known as the Laguna de los Siete Colores for its different shades of blue. These colors are created by several interconnected cenotes of varying depths, which create the shades of blue that vary according to the amount of sunlight.
The Kaan Luum lagoon in Tulum has a small cenote in the center that makes it a unique scenery to enjoy. It’s a great option to enjoy a moment of relaxation; here you can also do one of the most popular activities of the destination: paddleboard.
This last lagoon is a secret of the Mexican Caribbean and is 20 minutes from the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. It’s called Sijil Noh Ha and it is the perfect place to disconnect from everything by doing activities such as hiking and kayaking. Also, it has rustic cabins in case you want to spend a night among the jungle.
Rivers and Underground Rivers
Some of the most beautiful underground rivers are in Playa del Carmen; inside the Xcaret Park, which can be enjoyed at different scenarios such as the jungle and the Mayan Village.
Xel-Ha is another beautiful location that also has one of the most exuberant rivers of Quintana Roo, which will guide you to its beautiful caves.
Near Tulum, you can enjoy the canals or rivers of Muyil. Navigate by boat through the lagoons of Muyil and Sunyaxchen, float on a river of crystal-clear water that join with the bodies of water within the Sian Ka’an natural reserve.
Do you want a little more adventure? Then visit Xplor Park, where besides flying at the highest zip lines of the Riviera Maya you can swim hundreds of meters below the earth through its impressive underground rivers. Observe and admire incredible rock formations from hundreds of years of age.
Near Cancun you will also find the longest artificial rapid river in the world at Xavage Park, can you imagine it? We are sure that you weren’t aware of this. This river is one of the activities you can take part in during your visit, there are also 6 other activities, including an Intense Rope Course and even the Rock Crawler, Puma, where you will drive a powerful off-road vehicle through a circuit filled with obstacles.
As you can see, you don’t have to change your plans, come and enjoy an incredible sargassum-free vacation in the Mexican Caribbean. In each of these natural wonders, you can do different activities such as relaxing while paddle boarding, kayaking, and even enjoying an incredible sailing trip.
If after reading about all these natural beauties and attractions in Quintana Roo you still want to enjoy its beaches, we recommend you visit Holbox Island, Isla Mujeres or Cozumel Island, where you will find beaches such as Playa Norte and El Cielo in which there’s no sargassum.
Cancun also has places with no sargassum which is; Playa Langosta or Isla Blanca, which is an incredible place located about 30 minutes from the downtown area of Cancun.
Are you planning on staying in the Riviera Maya? Visit the beach of Xcaret, which remains free of sargassum thanks to the great effort of its collaborators and its collection program, which you can read about more in our blog: What do we do with the sargassum seaweed in Xcaret?
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