Tulum sargassum situation, Nov. 23

I started at the first public entrance on the north end just past Mezzanine where the rocks end, and I walked down to the old El Mirador property. I took pictures the whole way.

If you are not familiar with Tulum, on the road to the beach, you will come to a circle and police checkpoint. If you go left, this is the northern part of Tulum’s beaches that are easily accessible to the public. This is where the pictures below were taken.

If you go right at the circle, you hit the more exclusive cabana properties on the southern end. The public can still access the beach at this end. It’s law in Mexico – the beach is for everyone. But some properties discourage public cut-throughs in order to keep their clientele happy and the beaches, which aren’t theirs, “exclusive.” There are no official public access points at all on the south end. In my experience, simply asking to access the beach and being polite has been enough. I’ll have more on the south end in a future post.

Now, let’s take a walk, shall we?

Looking north on the beach at the public entrance just north of Mezzanine, a boutique hotel.
Looking at the water from near the entrance. Not pictured, to the right, is Mezzanine, and its rocky shoreline next to this beach.
This is the beach in front of Vita y Bella. It seems they clean the beach in front of their place daily.
Looking out at the water directly in front of Vita y Bella.
Continuing north of Vita y Bella, on the way to El Paraiso. This stretch of beach has almost never been cleaned since August, when I arrived.
Look at the water from the stretch of beach that’s not cleaned in between Vita y Bella and El Paraiso.
Playa Esperanza. The beach is generally cleaned whenever I go by these days. Today, they were getting ready for some kind of small wedding! Welcome to high season…
The water in front of Playa Esperanza.
El Paraiso. Note, it’s low tide, and the beach is not always this wide. They usually clean the beach every day.
Looking at the water in front of El Paraiso. Usually their beach is cleaner than it was today.
The beach at Pancho Villa, which is just to the north of the second public entrance to Tulum’s north beaches.
Looking at the water in front of Pancho Villa Tulum.
Playa Maya. Workers from Tulum generally clean this beach. So do volunteers.
Looking at the water from Playa Maya’s beach. At this point, the rain is getting closer to me on my walk…
The beach at Villa Pescadores. This is adjacent to a third public entrance to the northern beaches. Many fishing and tour boats leave from this area.
The water in front of Villa Pescadores.
Playa Zazil Kin. I’ve been here since August. I’ve never seen the beach clean here. Incidentally, the beach is wider here than many other places.
Looking north from Playa Zazil Kin. The bright white building is some kind of police station. The fainter, gray buildings are the ruins.
Low tide at Zazil Kin.
The beach at Santa Fe. This is near a fourth public entrance to Tulum’s northern beaches.
Looking north at the ruins from Santa Fe. (The ruins are the distant gray buildings, difficult to see without zooming in). El Mirador used to be to the left in the green space. That’s the last space before the ruins park begins back on the beach road.
The sea in front of Santa Fe.

As soon as I took that last picture, the rain finally got me. I put my phone in my purse and wrapped it in a plastic bag, and walked back to where I started. It’s not that far, but I was soaked when I got to that area, so I went for a swim since I was wet anyway.

Then: I saw the most amazing rainbow – the most vivid rainbow – I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve never seen a purple that alive. All the colors were alive. It was so clear and sharp and right. I actually cheered. I was so happy and at peace.

I didn’t get out of the water to take a picture. I won’t ever forget it- and I didn’t want to waste time getting out of the water to fumble for the phone. I was pretty far out. Instead, I just floated. And enjoyed.

That’s the magic of Tulum’s beaches for me. They force me into the moment, to enjoy right now. That’s all we really have, anyway.

Who knows what the beach will look like tomorrow or in the coming days? Nature changes it, constantly. But I sure did have a great walk today – and a great ride out to the beach and back to town!

A quick thank you to readers from so many different countries. In no particular order – Spain, France, Ireland, Argentina, Belize, Colombia, England,  Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico and of course, the U.S. I love you guys! If you are coming to Tulum, safe travels, and maybe I’ll see you at the beach or around town!


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