Is There Too Much Seaweed in Punta Cana?


Seaweed

Sargassum seaweed is a type of seaweed found in tropical areas and Punta Cana has been known to have it on its beaches. This video shows that the amount of seaweed can vary from day to day.

What is Sargassum Seaweed?

This genus of seaweed is known to float in island-like masses. It is large and brown and has berry-like structures. As it floats, it provides food, refuge, and breeding grounds for fish and sea creatures. When it sinks to the ocean floor, it provides energy for deep-sea creatures and can be an additional source of food. It has been designated as an Essential Fish Habitat because of its ecological importance.

Resort Beaches

Some resorts attempt to clear their beaches of the seaweed. It comes and goes and not all resorts are able to keep up with the deposits on the beach. However, not all resorts have beaches filled with this seaweed.

Punta Cana beach at sunset

Some visitors say that, while in Punta Cana, the resort where they were staying was free of Sargasso seaweed. It might be worthwhile to read the comments of those who have visited Punta Cana recently.

Enjoy the Variety

With an abundance of things to do in Punta Cana, travelers who experience seaweed on their beach one day might go into town or do something else on the island. The next day might be fine; like the weather, seaweed varies from day to day. Often travelers find that a break from sun and sand can provide the fun of a new adventure or sport. You might use the time to explore the towns around the area and meet the local population.

Check It Out

Beach cams can give access to views of popular beaches in the Dominican Republic. You might contact the resort to see if they have a beach cam or learn more about the seaweed on their beach. You can also see what the seaweed situation is in Las Terrenas, about three hours from Punta Cana.

Woman using a laptop

Another choice is available for viewing the beaches; see up to date Punta Cana photo images of the beaches here. Some travelers do not mind some beneficial Sargassum seaweed on the beach; there is still room for chairs and enjoyment of the water. Many travelers come to Punta Cana for the relaxing warm water, fine resorts and fun of an affordable and beautiful tropical vacation destination. Don’t let some seaweed deter you; it may be gone by the time you arrive!

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