The Cozumel National Park authorities announced that they are closing Palancar, Colombia and Cielo reefs to visitors from October 7 for several months. This is being done to give the coral reefs a breathing space to recover from visitor pressure and to help them recover from Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The reefs will be constantly monitored and a report on their health prepared next year.
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease was first detected on Florida reefs and is spreading through the Caribbean attacking 20 to 30 species of stony coral, including reef-building species such as elk horn and stag horn and brain and pillar coral. It is thought that rising sea temperatures, excessive algae and pollutants such as the chemicals in sun products and gasoline from boats could be contributing factors weakening the corals and making them vulnerable to the pathogen.
Divers and snorkelers who wish to go to Cozumel can still visit the many beautiful coral reefs in other parts of the national marine park.
Whenever you swim, dive or snorkel in the Mexican Caribbean, rinse before you enter the water. Wearing a t-shirt to protect your skin from the sun instead of applying sunscreen helps protect the corals and marine life.
We are proud to announce that Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is up for two awards, Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2021 and the World Travel Awards. If you have stayed at Grand Residences and loved it, you can support it by voting in both contests. We hope that you will tell your family and friends […]
We would like to share information from the Quintana Roo State Government about a new Visitor Tax or Tourism Use Fee now in effect as of April 1, 2021. The fee will be charged to all international visitors to the Mexican Caribbean over the age of 15 and is $224 pesos (approximately US$10) per person, […]