So how will the Sargasso situation impact your clients’ vacation in Quintana Roo? According to a statement released by the tourism arm of Quintana Roo, “despite ongoing reports related to Sargasso, there are currently hundreds of beautiful beaches across the state that have no Sargasso or very limited amounts similar to what you might expect to find on a beach.”
The statement adds that this includes “the majority of beaches in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, plus many of the beaches in other destinations.
“It is true that some areas of the Quintana Roo coastline are experiencing Sargasso and that it is particularly noticeable in the southern part of the state as well as its ports, but the majority of the state’s top destinations for tourists, including hundreds of beaches, are experiencing little to no impact.”
Lynn Mohr, of ADE DMC, a full-service DMC in Cancun, noted on our Facebook page that although the state has declared a state of emergency, that’s because they “are asking for funds to continue to clean up and add more barriers, manpower and so forth. People are still coming here.”
Mohr added that travel advisors should “educate clients to do other things on their vacations. The beach isn’t the only thing they can do here. Mexico has way more to offer than only the beach. Learn about the places that are relatively unaffected by large amounts of Sargasso. Plan activities for them to go to those areas to enjoy the beaches and water activities.”
Travel advisor Vanessa Fowler pointed out on our Facebook page that she advises “of the possible problem of seaweed there. From one day to the next you don’t know, so best if you let your clients at least know it’s a possibility.”
And travel advisor Ron Trimper added that the “west coast [of Mexico] is a great option, too.”