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1 October 2014 Beach Restoration at Grand Velas Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Raul Lopez
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Lopez, R., 2014. Beach restoration at Grand Velas Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Shore erosion is a serious problem that is present in many countries with coastal regions. Mexico is no exception; coasts on the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea suffer from erosion. The pass of seasonal storms and hurricanes and anthropogenic actions on the coasts have played an important role in this matter. These coasts need to be protected to avoid beach retreat and property damage. Knowing how to design suitable coastal protection structures is important to help recover and stabilize a beach. The objective of this study case is to evaluate the performance of a 2008 project designed and built to stabilized and protect 500 m of beach in front of the Grand Velas Hotel Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo. From the observation of what happened on this coast it may be possible to understand erosion protection projects more fully and so, to improve designs in the future.

© 2014 Coastal Education and Research Foundation
Raul Lopez "Beach Restoration at Grand Velas Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico," Journal of Coastal Research 71(sp1), 86-92, (1 October 2014).
Received: 12 February 2014; Accepted: 21 September 2014; Published: 1 October 2014
Beach restoration
erosion reduction
nearshore structures
wave energy control.
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