Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Due to rough seas, nautical authorities have closed ports and leisure waterways to small navigational boats and water craft.
What seems to be a continual theme this spring, waterways are off limits yet again to various water craft as high winds and wind gusts force authorities to close local ports.
The closure was given at mid-morning as a precaution after several larger boats had already sailed, however, since then, smaller water craft including fishing, scuba boats and jet skies have been temporarily suspended from entering the choppy waters. Those larger boats that have returned from the early-morning journey have now found the ports closed to further activity, forcing them to cancel scheduled services including reservations.
Islanders and visitors of Isla Mujeres have also found themselves in the same positon this morning as nautical tourism was suspended for the day. Even larger vessels that offer sport fishing, scuba diving and trips to nearby Contoy Island have been temporarily prohibited from sailing the sea.
Miguel Ismael González Gil, head of Port Isla Mujeres, said that only larger vessels are being authorized to enter the waters, but even they are being told to exercise extreme caution.
With wind gusts as high as 35 mph in Playa del Carmen and up to 50 mph around parts of Isla Mujeres, the cancellation of many water-based activities have seen sunbathers take to local beaches.