A line in the sand

March 21st, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Cancún Beach Recovery, Cancún

Beach at The Royal Sands, March 20th, 2006 - photo courtesy Royal Resorts Peter Grosser paced out the vast "re-loaded" beach (as Mel described it) at the Royal Sands at the weekend. He confirms that at this point the beach is upwards of 50m wide ("83 paces" to be exact).

I’m grateful to Peter for taking time out of his vacation (or was he avoiding the packing?) for settling this conundrum.

  • Read Peter’s full report here.

Photo taken at the Royal Sands, March 20th. With thanks to Royal Resorts. View a larger version

Meanwhile, at the southern end of the Hotel Zone, scene of the most alarming shrinkage to the already recovered beach, the "wall" has reduced in height a little. Most of the rocks (and one or two sandbags) uncovered during the stiff ‘northerly’ earlier this month are once more hidden beneath the sand.

The beach in front of the GR Solaris is arguably the only section that hasn’t seen an improvement in the last week. Viewed this afternoon, the beach was as narrow as two metres on the upper ‘shelf’, with another three metres at the water’s edge.

Perhaps the beach at the Crown Paradise looked a little sad, too.

My hunch is that Jan de Nul will come under pressure to return to this stretch after April 15th, which is the date now banded about (by everyone except Jan de Nul) for completion of the beach recovery as far as Punta Cancún (view a map).

Seventy per cent (8.2km) of the 11.7km-long beach strip has so far been recovered.

  • Update: beach recovery guesstimate… adjusted to fit an April 15th completion date

Springbreakers, locals, families, kids and couples were all seen having fun this afternoon.

Carlos Mejia captured the spirit of a short family Cancún break in his photo set, including this one (and another) of the healthy beach at the Westin.

Additional reporting by Jim Wehrle

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