Yucatan Peninsula Travel Guide and Vacation Rentals

Federal Government warns of toxic beaches in Quintana Roo

In Quintana Roo, there are 25 beaches that are concessioned to private companies that represent a risk to the health of bathers, warned the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

The regional coordinator Miguel Ángel Pino warned that the risk is due to the high amounts of decaying sargassum and the greatest danger is for children and seniors, because the sulfuric acid generated during the breakdown of seaweed can be harmful.

“There is no risk in public beaches, but we should recommend bathers on the presence of sulfuric acid by the decomposition of sargasso, which is what derives from toxic products.”

Without specifying which beaches they are concerned about, the coordinator said that 15 are located in the center and south of Quintana Roo and the rest in the north. He only mentioned that they are in Mahahual, Xcalak, Tulum, and Cancun, and they are all private beaches.