Caribbean Seaweed Update: Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)


Patty and I just returned from a stay at the Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica.  I’ll be posting an extensive review of the property in the future but in the meantime I’ve put together this brief post to address the hot topic of the Caribbean in 2015 – seaweed.


There have been issues with seaweed at tourist resorts in the Caribbean in 2015.  I wrote about this earlier this year.  Our personal experience at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun earlier in the year was not bad in terms of seaweed but there have been reports of extreme seaweed levels at other resorts in the Caribbean.  When we booked our trip to the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica we weren’t sure if we’d encounter much seaweed there or not.

The Ground Truth

Throughout our 4-night, 5-day stay at the Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall, the seaweed levels ranged from negligible to low.  There was a bit of seaweed in the water at the Zilara side one day.  The water on the Ziva side seemed void of seaweed for the most part.

There was one evening where I saw that a small amount of seaweed had collected on the beach.  The following morning I spotted an employee raking it up.

We were generally happy with the water and beach conditions.  That’s not to say that the beaches and water at this resort are the nicest we’ve ever visited (they’re not) but the seaweed levels were always bearable and in many cases negligible.

It’s also important to note that guests can easily use either the Zilara or Ziva beach – it’s literally about a 30 second walk between the two.  If there’s a bit of seaweed at the one beach area you can simply visit the other area.

The pictures below capture the seaweed (or lack thereof) conditions at the Hyatt Zilara & Ziva Rose Hall in early November 2015.

Remember to check back here on soon for an extensive review of this (dual) resort!

The Ziva beach is protected by a rock jetty that extends in an arc out roughly 100 feet from shore. That seemed to reduce the flow of seaweed into the water near the beach.
Another view of the Ziva beach, this one taken near sunset, shows a very minor amount of seaweed on the beach.
A shot of the Zilara beach shows almost no seaweed at the water’s edge this day, and a very small amount further out in the water.
This photo covers the area between the Ziva and Zilara beaches. The water sport activities launch from and return to this area so this small portion of beach isn’t open to swimmers.  There is some seaweed visible at the water’s edge.
As the sun set one night, there was a very small amount of seaweed laying on the beach on the Ziva side of the resort.
An employee was out in the morning raking up any seaweed that had accumulated on the beach.  This particular shot is of the beach near where water sport activities launch.  This was the most seaweed we saw on the beach during our stay.

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Have you visited the Hyatt Zilara or Ziva Rose Hall or another Caribbean resort?  What was your “seaweed experience”?  Share it in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Caribbean Seaweed Update: Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

  1. I never had a problem with a lot of seaweed when I went in February of this year but I loved your review and pics as always!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Elizabeth! Glad the seaweed wasn’t an issue in February either. The Rose Hall area seems to be escaping the worst of it. In other Caribbean areas, authorities have had to bring in trucks to haul away seaweed by the ton!

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