Sunscreen is important for all of us, and often, we're most likely to get burned when on a cruise or other visit to the Caribbean, Hawaii, etc. Just like we want to stay safe, we need to keep our planet safe as well. Many sunscreens on the market contain various chemicals which contribute to coral bleaching (killing coral reefs). They can also be harmful to other marine life.
In an effort to minimize the negative impact of some sunscreens, an increasing number of resorts and beaches require that guests use only reef safe, biodegradable sunscreens.
Which resorts require reef safe sunscreen or biodegradable sunscreen?
This list in far from inclusive, and more properties and governments are requiring reef safe sunscreens, but some popular spots which are known to require these products are:
Updated: In addition to below, the entire state of Hawaii has just passed a law banning the sale of non-reef-safe sunscreens.
Update Feb 2019: Key West has also banned non-reef safe sunscreens.
XelHa - Cancun & Riviera Maya, Mexico
Xcaret - Cancun, Mexico
Akumal - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Chankanaab - Cozumel, Mexico
Grand Cayman Reef Resort - Georgetown/Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Villas at Banyan Bay - San Pedro, Belize
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Most of these properties strictly enforce these requirements - some of them even check your bags upon entry, and hold onto any non-safe sunscreens until you leave.
What are my options for reef safe sunscreen?
You can usually purchase sunscreen at the resorts and beaches that require it - but they of course require a hefty premium. We use Coral Safe brand products made by Mexitan, a US company. They've been making sunscreen for years and we've found the quality to be great, and even agreeable to those with allergies to some skin products and fragrances. Wherever you buy their products, just be sure it's not at the resort, as it will cost you.
Use code "SUNSAFE" at check-out to get 20% off!