Cancun Beach Recovery Project to Go Ahead

Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, Mexican Secretary of Tourism, announced today that the long awaited beach restoration project for Cancun will go ahead as planned on July 15. Mexicana de Dragados S.A. de C.V., the company which won the contract, will now start to move its dredgers and equipment into the area and prepare to assemble its pipelines in August.

The dredging, transport and pumping of almost seven million cubic meters of sand onto the beaches is expected to start in September and the project will be completed by mid-December, in time for the high season.

The replenishment of 12 kilometers of beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone and similarly affected stretches of the coast in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel is a national priority and given its importance, the authorities decided to press on with the project this summer and not wait until later in the year.

The project will cost around $74.6 million dollars which will be managed through a trust by the Mexican Tourist Board, federal, state and municipal governments and private sector representatives.

Experts working for Semarnat, the Mexican Environmental Agency, have been carrying out studies along the shoreline and in the area of sand banks where the dredging will take place and will be monitoring the project closely. Special measures will be taken to protect sea turtles and conch during the season and geo textile nets will also be used to prevent sediment from damaging the coral colonies on local reefs.

The first stage of the project is to restore the beaches of Cancun to a width of 40 meters and 20 meters in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, respectively, and it will be followed by a 10-year monitoring and maintenance program.

An official timeline and details have yet to be released by the authorities and we will continue to update you as we receive more information on this important project, one that so many of you have been asking about in recent months.

Sources: SECTUR


3 replies
  1. Joe LaRose
    Joe LaRose says:

    TY Joanna for posting this info. I’ve searched the web many times to get updates. The only place I find them is from the Royals.

  2. DAwn Stanley
    DAwn Stanley says:

    with the beached being fixed will we be able to use the beaches in nov, how does this affect the beaches by the royal resorts???

    • jgreen
      jgreen says:

      Dear Dawn:
      Thank you for writing to Royal Resorts News.

      With regards to your question, the beaches at The Royal Sands, The Royal Mayan, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander will all be restored as part of the Cancun project which is slated to start on September 1. However, we have not received a more detailed timeline from the authorities which will give us an idea as to when work will be taking place on the beaches in front of individual resorts. As soon as this information is released we will post details on this website and on the Members Message Board in

      I hope that this helps.


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