Cancun Beach Restoration


Royal Hideaway Playacar

We’ve receive questions and a lot of positive feedback about the beach restoration in Cancun & Riviera Maya and Cozumel. I thought it would be a good time to share what I know about Mexico’s efforts to rejuvenate their beaches. I’ve watched this progress unfold and what I’ve seen is a remarkable. Cancun has restored some of their beaches to their original, natural beauty — and the progress they’ve made is amazing.

The reason why they are doing this project is that Cancun proper, Riviera Maya and Cozumel have suffered beach loss, in isolated areas, over the past 3 years. Earlier projects to sustain further beach loss have been unsuccessful. Even though they are almost done, here is what I have been able to find out over the past few days.

1.     This project itself is not being managed by the resorts themselves. The Mexican Government is re-coooperating beach locations because there was little to no beach area due to erosion.
2.     If a beach is targeted for re-cooperation, it was because there was little or no beach.
3.     The Government has not provided a list of what beaches are earmarked for restoration nor have they published an official time-line.
4.     We do not have a schedule specifying what day construction will occur at what hotel.
5.     Construction typically takes only a few days, per hotel.
6.     They are working as fast and as diligently as they can, so that the beach restoration projects can be completed as quickly as possible and there is minimal interruption to resort guests.
7.     I have read on some sites that the work is to be complete by February 10, and other sites by mid-February.
8.     We know the Government was to target beaches in Cancun proper, in Riviera Maya and in Cozumel. At this time, from what we can tell, all the beaches in Cancun are complete and they are now working toward making beaches in Riviera Maya as beautiful as ever.

ME Cancun

ME Cancun

Affected hotels have handled this beach re-cooperation project as best they could, knowing that there would be no time lines for restoration. Hotels are providing guests with options to visit the beach. Some of the personal feedback I have received is that vacationers were able to walk down the beach to an open beach, take a bus to an open beach or go to another hotel that had an open beach. Several people have even commented that they grabbed a cocktail, put their feet up, and enjoyed sitting and watching this very exciting project.

Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

The Resorts that have undergone the completed re-cooperation have had the natural beauty restored in their beach.  I have seen photo’s of many of the “new” beaches including Palace, Allegro and Occidental.  This is a project that will revitalize the beaches and restore their beauty for vacationers to enjoy for many years to come.  For more details and to see some photos, here are a few places to visit:

Visit Click on the top right button for beach restoration photos.

Palace Resorts was recently complete and they have some great pictures on their website:

8 thoughts on “Cancun Beach Restoration

  1. From what I have researched it looks like they are done in Cancun and have moved to Riviera Maya. But since they have not provided us a schedule, we can’t guarantee anything. I’ll look into it some more.

  2. Thanks for the info; we were looking at a holiday for the end of March, but want an accessible beach! Any info about the area around Iberostar properties or the Barcelo ones would be highly appreciated. Cheers

  3. We are thinking of staying at the Riu Cancun which appears to be away from the main hotel zone. Have the beaches on that end of Cancun been restored as well? Thank you.

  4. Anyone familiar what is going on with the Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal? Ive been going the past few years 09 they had sand bags, 2010 the beach was huge gorgeous and no sandbags and I am hearing that the sandbags are back….anyone know anything about this?

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