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Cancun and the Riviera Maya boast beautiful beaches, warm crystal clear waters, and have hundreds of resorts along the shores of the Mexican Caribbean. But did you also know that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are home to the second largest barrier reef in the world?  The Mesoamerican barrier reef spans from Mexico all the way down to Honduras and his home to thousands of fish, mammals, corals, and more. The barrier reef is in danger of bleaching and eventually dying due to human interference.

What can we do to save it? 

Photo courtesy of greenpeace.org

 

  • Don’t step on the corals while snorkeling
  • Avoid touching the reef
  • Don’t stir up sediment from the ocean floor
  • Don’t ever try to take coral home as a souvenir 
  • Use non-toxic sunscreen while snorkeling

 

How to make non-tox sunscreen

Photo courtesy of worldnomads.com

 

  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 0.8 oz shea butter
  • 0.1 jojoba/ sunflower/ sesame oil
  • 0.4 oz of zinc oxide
  • 0.1 oz vitamin E
  • 30 drops of essential oils

 

In a double boiler add 1 oz. coconut oil, 0.8 oz shea butter, and 0.1 jojoba/ sunflower/ sesame oil and let sit until it’s all melted. After removing this mixture from the heat allow it to cool for a bit and then carefully add in 0.4 oz of zinc oxide, 0.1 oz vitamin E, and 30 drops of essential oils (mix different essential oils if desired but never used citrus oils).  Stir well to combine and apply to the skin. 

Remember these tips on your next vacation to the Mexican Caribbean.  Don’t have a reservation? Start planning your Cancun vacation now


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