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Information about Playa Del Carmen

Published on May 20, 2008

Author: NigelChadwick

Source: slideshare.net

Beach Erosion & Defence at Playa Del Carmen, The Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

After Cancun & Acapulco, Playa Del Carmen is Mexico’s number 3 tourist resort. The white sand beach is wide & backed by numerous hotels & apartments.

After Cancun & Acapulco, Playa Del Carmen is Mexico’s number 3 tourist resort.

The white sand beach is wide & backed by numerous hotels & apartments.

The Problem Playa is on the Caribbean coast & is occasionally hit by hurricanes. In 2002 the area was hit by Isadore, this stripped Playa’s beach.

Playa is on the Caribbean coast & is occasionally hit by hurricanes.

In 2002 the area was hit by Isadore, this stripped Playa’s beach.

The Problem Hurricanes, plus human structures have led to beach erosion, leaving this narrow remnant.

Hurricanes, plus human structures have led to beach erosion, leaving this narrow remnant.

The Problem This is an erosion terrace left on the beach. Note how close it is getting to the hotel in the background.

This is an erosion terrace left on the beach.

Note how close it is getting to the hotel in the background.

The Problem Some temporary defences (sand bags) to protect a “palapa”

Some temporary defences (sand bags) to protect a “palapa”

The Solution The local government is now funding a beach recovery programme.

The local government is now funding a beach recovery programme.

Management Net groynes have been placed along the beach. These are less intrusive & less permanent than wooden groynes.

Net groynes have been placed along the beach.

These are less intrusive & less permanent than wooden groynes.

Jetty At the end of the beach is a long concrete jetty. Note the beach that is building up on the left hand site of the jetty.

At the end of the beach is a long concrete jetty.

Note the beach that is building up on the left hand site of the jetty.

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