Mexican Caribbean’s colors
We live in the Caribbean! This sentence sounds really great. When we speak about the Caribbean we refer to pleasant temperatures and good weather all year round, sunshine and excellent beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. The Mexican Caribbean from the Yucatan Peninsula to the corridor of the Costa Maya and Belize border, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya is an incredible paradise.
We are used to seeing it from the beach, but from a bird’s-eye view the show is even better. The turquoise clear waters are wonderful. Along the coast of the Mexican Caribbean, white sand beaches merge with lagoons, underground cenotes interconnected to the ocean and immense mangroves, and with the second largest coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.
But … Why the Caribbean is so blue?
Well, the answer is found in sunlight and in the existence of few substances and microorganisms in the water, which makes the rays of blue and green penetrate deeper, and generate these aqua tones .
When a ray of sunlight hits the sea water, part of its radiation is absorbed and transformed into heat, and the other part is scattered by suspended particles that live there.
Sunlight consists of radiation of different colors (the colors of the rainbow). When sea water contains few floating microorganisms the blue radiation is penetrating deeper, providing a deep blue color. In murky waters given the concentration of many particles, are green and yellow radiation which can penetrate deeper.
The Caribbean Sea has very little substances and floating microorganisms, because of that its water reflex these intense turquoise blue color, which is darker blue in areas further away from the coasts and greener in areas with vegetation on the seabed, as a result of algae, mangroves and other native marine flora.
Now, it’s time to enjoy the Caribbean from the heavens.