Beach takes two steps forward, one step back

June 29th, 2006 by Mel Zelniker filed under Cancún Beach Recovery, Cancún

This report concerns the beach front between Park Royal and the Cancún Palace. 

This morning, whether from neglect or design, the beaches were positively filthy. It was as though Fonatur [the Mexican tourism development agency] has given up on cleaning the beaches, which were clogged with huge bundles of seaweed and other detritus.

Looking south from Playa BallenasIt seemed as though the Park Royal had attempted a small cleanup, but it could also be the meter to meter and a half ‘shelf’ in front of the property keeping the seaborne garbage off the beach.

The beaches in front of Le Meridien and Ritz Carlton have lost their shelves and the sea has deposited what appears to be about five meters of additional sand.

The beaches themselves were as filthy as the rest. Were I a paying guest in Cancún, I’d be upset. 

The “ecological restoration area” constructed in front of the Cancún Palace, which I photographed a fortnight ago, is gone, obliterated by the ongoing demolition and reconstruction of the Palace. One wonders what the point was in the first place. There are now huge mounds of sand obstructing the beach south of the Palace (pictured; view larger version). The project itself has worn out its welcome; despite the steady stream of trucks, dirt and noise, there’s no visible progress.

The public access to Playa Ballenas was covered by the smell of dying vegetation and fish. Between the smell, the continuing onslaught of construction noise and dust from the Cancun Palace project and the really unruly surf today, we fled back to the comfort of our pool.

Another photo looking north from Playa Ballenas.

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One Response to “Beach takes two steps forward, one step back”

  1. Jim in Cancun Says:

    Seaweed is a fact of life close to the sea! It is a seasonal thing–like agua mala and hurricanes–and it washes up from time to time. It is up to each hotel to clean its own beach. There is no government project to clean up the seaweed.