It’s Been a Slow Year for Sargassum on Ambergris Caye So Far

Stop! Before you panic that I’ve jinxed everything…the growth and flow of Sargassum around the Caribbean IS influenced by temperatures and currents, winds and pollution/fertilizer in the ocean – it’s not, as far as I know, affected by chat on the internet. But I’m not a scientist! So I’ll just give you some pictures, all from yesterday, all from north Ambergris Caye

Gorgeous view at Tranquility Bay
Yesterday driving by Tranquility Bay – 14 miles north, Ambergris Caye

But first, if you are unfamiliar with sargassum, it’s a floating algae/seaweed that has always been in the Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean. Old Christopher Columbus spotted huge mats of it in the Sargasso Sea. But in the last decade, the patches have proliferated and have been plaguing the shores of the Caribbean, Central America, the southern US, South America and even Africa. We’ve had some bad years for sargassum on Ambergris Caye since then.

The pattern, I’ve found, is that it comes from about late January to late summer – and then the low winds/changing winds of the storm season and the north winds of winter – tend to push it away.

Beach about 15 miles north
Just north of Tranquility Bay – the old Turtleman shack

But this year…so far…has been relatively great. We’ve had a few influxes but nothing overwhelming yet.

The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous – blue skies, nice breeze, low low very low tide which has made the beach look even bigger.

beach at Margaritaville
Beach at Margaritaville, 13 miles north

The beach closer to our house at 8 miles north and our gorgeous neighbor’s property, Tuto Belize.

8 miles north at Tuto Belize
8 miles north, Tuto Belize

Some seagrass but a smattering not a PILE.

Beach about 15 miles north
About 15 miles north…

We kept going north – to the location where we are building Rocky Point Permit Club. About 18 miles north.

Beach looking so pretty

Look at this incredible pic taken by our friend Jesse.

Overhead – Rocky Point Permit Camp – from reef to Laguna Cantena

To the ground…

Boat billed heron
I don’t see many of these but I love them! The Boat-billed Heron
Love all the shadows from the Saltwater Palmettos
Belly protecting
Bella (Belly the camp girl)
Homemade hammock
Homemade hammock from netting that washed up on shore

As you move toward Rocky Point (the northern most of the two places that the reef touches land…there is Robles Point and then Rocky Point) – walking gets more treacherous as the beach turns to coral fragments.

Coral towards Rocky Point
Coral near Rocky Point

Snails and tiny hermit crabs and…trash. This bottle washed up from the DR.

Trash from DR
Tiny hermit crabs
Tiny hermit crab clusters…
Snails on the rock
Snails on a rock

A gorgeous gorgeous day. Today looks beautiful too.

Jeff and Belly

SO nice that I took off my seashelling bag and went for a swim…

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  1. Gary Osborn on April 16th, 2024 at 10:31 am

    Why all the broken up rock on that one beach photo?

  2. James on April 16th, 2024 at 11:07 am

    Great photos, as usual:) When is the new fishing camp going to open??

    • San Pedro Scoop on April 16th, 2024 at 12:12 pm

      October will be the first group. You can check out the website.

  3. Rebecca Coutant on April 16th, 2024 at 11:08 am

    It’s all coral…Rocky Point is just mountains and mountains of coral.

  4. john h iwinski on April 16th, 2024 at 11:18 am


    • San Pedro Scoop on April 16th, 2024 at 12:12 pm

      It is as long as you are not in one of the marine reserve areas.

      • San Pedro Scoop on April 16th, 2024 at 1:17 pm

        And you have a fishing license.

  5. Joan K on April 16th, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for all the information you post on your blog. We are going to be visiting your paradise in a couple of weeks, and can hardly wait.
    Your beautiful pictures and stories have provided much info – again Thanks!

  6. David Martin on April 16th, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    Love that aerial shot of Rocky Point Permit Camp. So I went on Google Earth to pinpoint the location and guess what? There are updated satellite photos of Ambergris Caye with higher resolution – and the update is so new that it shows the Camp under construction!

    • San Pedro Scoop on April 17th, 2024 at 7:57 am

      Sooo cool. Now you can picture our drive up to…the middle of nowhere. Our friend Jesse of does the most beautiful photography and video work…he took some incredible drone shots. Can’t wait for him to return!

      • David Martin on April 17th, 2024 at 10:00 pm

        I’m anxious to see Jesse’s drone pics and video on the RPPC website. Man, that will really help sell the place! Well, that and cute pics of Belly…

        • San Pedro Scoop on April 18th, 2024 at 9:19 am

          We are hoping to work with Jesse on something bigger…stay tuned!

  7. thomas a gibson on April 16th, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    Great work, really enjoy seeing your posts and great stories….

  8. Robert Heldrich on April 16th, 2024 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for the San Pedro Scoop. We will be up in Punta Azul north. Look forward to being neighbors.
    Any guesses as to when the “power line” road will make it to Margaritaville? I am thinking at least a year.

    • San Pedro Scoop on April 17th, 2024 at 7:56 am

      I have seen no work on that so i’m guessing more. I’d heard that they were planning to build a Margaritaville housing area – with up to 70 home sites? So I’m thinking it will happen if/when that gets off the ground? BUt in Belize, the answer is probably anywhere from 6 months to never.