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Question: Why do you recommend biodegradable reef-safe sunscreen?

Answer: Many of the major brands of sunscreen, such as Coppertone, Banana Boat, Panama Jack, No-Ad, etc., contain chemicals that harm the flora and fauna of coral reefs. PABA, octinoxate, and oxybenzone are among the common ingredients that have been linked to damage of the coral reef ecosystem. Only biodegradable sunscreens are permitted on the Mayan Riviera. Also, please look for sunscreens that are "waterproof" so that your application doesn't dissolve in the water. Biodegradable reef-safe sunscreens are widely sold on the Mayan Riviera. If you have any questions about availability, please ask your resort or hotel.