Water Hazards, Cancún
The sea wasn't calm almost everyday... You may see the red flag of danger at the beach. And everybody saw it but continued swimming, though it wasn't so pleasant as it could have been...
You can watch my 3 min 22 sec Video Cancun Great Parnassus Hotel and Beach part 3 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
You can watch my photo of Cancun on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 21° 4' 5.35" N 86° 46' 34.51" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Great Parnassus Hotel Beach 5.
When I was walking along the Golf Fields close to the Hilton Hotel and not far from the Lagoon, I saw such an inscription: "Crocodiles may be found in this area, they will not attack, but if disturbed or cornered, they will defend themselves."
What do you think I made after reading? Yes, I stopped walking and preferred to go home...
You can watch my 3 min 39 sec Video Cancun Great Parnassus Hotel part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
You can watch my photo of Cancun on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 21° 4' 6.14" N 86° 46' 37.71" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Great Parnassus Hotel Swimming Pool 2.
Don't count on a quiet water to swim in the lagoon side. There's no beach on that side, and it is used only for sports and fishing.
Beach is only in the ocean side, and I suggest that you choose carefully your hotel, since the sea along the sand stripe doesn't "behave" always in the same way and some sections are dangerous.
Sea Lice are common in the warm waters of the Carribean and the Gulf of Mexico. Sea lice are actually the microscopic larvae of jellyfish and other ocean stingers which contain the same nematocysts (stinging cells) as mommy and daddy. In many areas of the Gulf and Caribbean the primary culprit causing "sea lice" infestations is the larvae of the thimble jellyfish. These larvae, sometimes half a millimeter in length or smaller, can become trapped between the bathing suit and skin or in crevices like the armpit and compressed, causing the stinging cells to fire.
The larvae are large enough to be visible to the naked eye but become nearly invisible in the water - unfortunately the only reliable method of identifying when sea lice are present is by the appearance of the rash on other swimmers or divers. Sea lice is not contagious. Sea lice season is generally April through August.
I warned about the danger of undercurrents, and cannot emphasize enough the risk in going into the water. Let alone, no one is normally around to help you if they could. The current can drag out out to sea very quickly and swimming back brings fast fatiguea and strength
the clients here around the Yucatán are strong and flags ( red, yellow, green) directed by to beaches to notify visitors of the wave conditions. Unfortunately every season at least one tourist drowns because of ignoring these flag warnings.
Be sure to be careful when serving in these seas because the undercurrent is very strong. If you are looking for a calmer sea, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres.
A RED flag means dont swim... a yellow flag means swim cautiously.......I wish i would have paid attention to this!!! I went out to far on a red flag day and got "sucked in" the ocean just pulled me out further....Good thing my boyfriend and the life guard pay attention!! i could have died....first time in the ocean, ever seeing the ocean actually... i was naive.
It did not scare me from the ocean though!
Beware of Crocodiles since they have become very adapted to the Cacun area and are very dangerous when this happens. It is amazing to be walking down the main street of Cacun and look over into the water to see a Croc!
The croc hunter recently did an expo on the problem in Cancun and it was interesting to see the adaptations these creature have gone thru to survive that close to a developed area. Be aware!
I was so amazed with the lovely beaches I used to swim then throw myself on the sands enjoying it very much,,until.....on the 4th day i had some sort of a rash... :(
My husband had to call a Doctor to the resort and gave me two shots,I stayed 24 hours in Bed!
The doctor said i developed a rash from something in the sands or the sea!!
So make sure to take a shower immediatley after swimming in the sea!
Watch out for the crabs
,do not book trips with the holiday reps,they bump up the prices,there is lots of places to book at booths along the roadside much cheaper.
If you go snorkeling near the reefs be careful that you don't get too close so that a wave pushes you into them. I saw one person get cut pretty bad...and it also kills the coral.