8 Excursions That Aren’t Affected by Seaweed Conditions in Mexico and the Caribbean

Tourists who frequent popular vacation spots in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean know just how bad the annual seaweed conditions can impact travel plans. And while some travelers are seemingly unphased by high levels of seaweed and take advantage of the warm water, others might look for activities and excursions that aren’t impacted by the seaweed conditions in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Worried about how seaweed conditions might affect your travel plans? Read on for alternative activities, and excursions offered in Cancún, Tulum, Barbados, and other vacation destinations across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean ahead.

couple snorkeling in the tropical sea

Snorkeling at Xel-Ha is a great way to avoid the current seaweed conditions in Mexico. | mihtiander/iStock/Getty Images

1. Zip-lining

Looking for a popular excursion offered in various destinations across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean? Zip-lining is a great place to start. From Cancún to Montego Bay, a variety of resorts offer zip-lining excursions through the jungle.

2. Rent a jungle buggy

Speaking of jungle excursions, many resorts also offer ATV or jungle buggy rentals. For the adventurous crowd, off-roading through the jungle can be a fun-filled way to experience various towns and destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean.

3. Visit Selvatica in Playa del Carmen

Rated the number one activity on TripAdvisor, Selvatica is a must-see for those visiting Playa del Carmen and Cancún. In addition to ATV rentals and ziplining through the Mayan Jungle, it also features a bungee jungle swing and cenote swim.

4. Xel-Ha

Want to get your ocean fix without the seaweed? A trip to Xel-Ha is a must! Located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, the nature reserve park features a seawater lazy river, fresh water cenote, and plenty of cliffs to jump off of. While at Xel-Ha, guests can snorkel with tropical fish, zip line, float down the lazy river and experience sweeping views full of wildlife.

5. Cenote Azul

For those visiting Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul is a must-see. The natural cenote is a short ten-minute taxi ride from downtown Playa del Carmen and one of the most affordable excursions in the area. Taxi rides from downtown are around $16 and entrance fees start around $8 per adult.

6. Golf

The golf scene across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean is out of this world. Many resorts offer sweeping ocean views, plus Playa del Carmen has an official PGA course. In addition, the golf courses in Mexico and the Caribbean are some of the best-designed.

7. Shop

Shopping is another great way to avoid the current seaweed conditions in Mexico and the Caribbean. From Playa del Carmen’s 5th avenue to the various marketplaces in Cancún and other Mexican and Caribbean towns, you’ll find unique souvenirs for everyone on your list.

8. Visit Cozumel or Isla Mujeres

If you have your heart set on a beach vacation, consider a trip to Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. Both vacation spots sit in an area that is least likely to experience an influx of seaweed, meaning you can almost guarantee turquoise water and white sands. However, given the recent seaweed blooms, you might want to double check with a resort before booking your stay or planning a day trip.

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