Cancun sand

Cancun Beach Sand Doesn’t Get Any Better Than Right Here

At first glance, this may look like most anyone’s typical vision of the beach in Cancun. Palapa? Check. Aquamarine sea? Yep, it’s there too. This floating sundeck from a previous UC Cancun post? Mmm-hmm. There’s something uncommon about this spot, though, that sets it apart among Cancun’s 14 miles of coastline: That Cancun beach sand. It’s different here along the shores that front the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa than anywhere else. This Cancun beach sand just happens to be the only sand in Cancun that’s still native to the destination.

Sand erosion has long proved a huge problem in Cancun. Hurricane Wilma (2005) took eight miles of sand from Cancun’s shores. In 2010, the Mexican Government spent US$70 million to replenish the beach with sand dredged up from sensitive marine depths offshore. With climate change bringing  an ever-increasing number of ever-more-powerful tropical storms each year, it’s expected that Cancun will relive this type of replenishment re-do endlessly into the future.

In this part of Cancun, though, things have been different…at least so far.

The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa sits along the north-facing section of Cancun. Beaches along the destination’s east coast experience the most severe erosion.

Here on the north shore, though, it’s said that the sands remain as virgin and authentic as those of the pre-development Cancun in the early-1970s. 

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