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Old May 29, 23, 1:10 pm
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Sargassum free destinations

Spouse and I will need a kid free vacation in August. I realize that is hurricane season, but I want to go to a gorgeous Caribbean beach. Will have a backup plan if hurricane coming. But now Iím reading about sargassum everywhere. At first I thought maybe staying on the west end of an island would help (like Negril), but apparently the seaweed gets there too. Any suggestions for places without sargassum?
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Old May 31, 23, 2:58 pm
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You would think this would be an easy answer, but it seems not to be. There are several sites that help track it. But have not found any that are very good.
https://sargassummonitoring.com/
https://www.caricoos.org/sargassum?locale=en

https://www.travelinglifestyle.net/s...ounts-in-2023/

https://optics.marine.usf.edu/projects/saws.html
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Old May 31, 23, 4:12 pm
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It wasn’t too bad in the Exumas last month.
Staniel Cay and other areas on the west side were pretty clear, but that was in April.
Where we did run across it, it was spotty.
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Originally Posted by realworld
You would think this would be an easy answer, but it seems not to be. There are several sites that help track it. But have not found any that are very good.
https://sargassummonitoring.com/
https://www.caricoos.org/sargassum?locale=en

https://www.travelinglifestyle.net/s...ounts-in-2023/

https://optics.marine.usf.edu/projects/saws.html
Wow! I didnít even think to monitor movement. I was thinking solely about geography. My frustration is that I donít know if monitoring would even help this far out. I may end up doing something completely different like Cabo. Such a shame that the Caribbean has been taken over by this.

Originally Posted by LAX2Anywhere
It wasnít too bad in the Exumas last month.
Staniel Cay and other areas on the west side were pretty clear, but that was in April.
Where we did run across it, it was spotty.
August is probably the worst time bc of the summer build up. Iíve never been to Exumas though. Iíll investigate.
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Old Jun 1, 23, 1:34 pm
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Aruba doesn't have the sargasssum issue. The only place on the island that MIGHT get it is on the rocky side of the island where tourist wouldn't stay anyways. Eagle Beach on Aruba is beautiful. It was voted the number #1 beach in the Caribbean and #2 in the world in 2023. Negril will get it once in a blue moon. It doesn't happen often. I have seen it once during my 15+ trips to Negril.
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Originally Posted by jiffer21225
Aruba doesn't have the sargasssum issue. The only place on the island that MIGHT get it is on the rocky side of the island where tourist wouldn't stay anyways. Eagle Beach on Aruba is beautiful. It was voted the number #1 beach in the Caribbean and #2 in the world in 2023. Negril will get it once in a blue moon. It doesn't happen often. I have seen it once during my 15+ trips to Negril.
Oh this is helpful. Iíll look at Aruba. We have been to Negril a few times but not during summer so wasnít sure. There is a Hyatt Zilara near Montego Bay on the north that Iíd like to stay at but need to see if they have a problem. May have to save that for a different time of year.
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Old Jun 5, 23, 4:13 pm
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As of now Western Antiqua is free from Sargasso.

Basically as a rule the western parts of Caribbean islands will be less like to be affected, as sargassum comes from the east...
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Flesh-eating bacteria found in seaweed on state beaches - CBS Miami (cbsnews.com)
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Old Jun 8, 23, 10:49 pm
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Well FFS.
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I'm late to the thread, but what I recently observed on the south coast of the Dominican Republic is that resorts/residential buildings/etc. all employ substantial numbers of staff who clear the sargassum in the early morning. The beaches are beautiful in the morning, but of course more sargassum returns through the day.

It is an international issue: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2230228035607
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Old Aug 16, 23, 1:40 pm
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Hopefully there'll be a boom in eels and other marine life.
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Old Aug 16, 23, 3:35 pm
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We ended up going to our beach house. It was too frustrating to think of spending several K and dealing with seaweed when we have an oceanfront place here in the US. I really want to get back to the Caribbean though. Looking at March since it seems like the bulk of it hasn’t started yet by then.
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