I just wanted to give a quick update for those who might be planning a trip and have questions about our friendly seaweed called Sargassum. So far this year the beaches have been relatively sargassum free, other than what is to be considered normal. All beaches in the Caribbean get a steady flow of small amounts of sargassum on a daily basis so a little here and there is to be expected.
But so far for 2019 the beaches have been clear and the water is that dream-like prism of blueish-green tones that take your breath away and immediately put you in a relaxed mood.
The forecast is also clear for the next 8 days (which is as far as it can forecast) for the area so we are looking at more of the same. Mix that in with the experience and equipment gained from the last season and I think this area is ready to handle any sargassum invasion for the foreseable future.
So here’s to a great start to 2019! The temperature is perfect, the breezes are salty, and teh beaches are beautiful! I will keep you updated as the year goes on. We will see you soon!
Hear ye hear ye! The beaches are clear! Its time to put those travel plans back on the books and head to your favorite sunny Caribbean destination this winter season! No need to stay up north and freeze your bones off when you can have your toes in the sand (not the sargassum) and a fruity drink in your hand as you enjoy the mild and sweet tropical breezes once again.
Us locals are excited to finally have the beaches back to enjoy and be free of the smell of rotting seaweed. In the end, I don’t believe that the sargassum was all bad as it seems to have brought an influx of nutrients to the area. My wife and I went out lionfish hunting yesterday and there seemed to be much more life under the water, flora and fauna. Lots of little fishies swimming around and brighter, more numerous corals heads as well as grass. Great for snorkeling! Just remember that when you come down make sure and bring sunscreen that is non-toxic to the reef. Each person makes a difference!
But again, as far as sargassum goes, we should be in the clear according to the Sargassum Early Advisory System developed by A&M Galveston. We will see you soon!