Recovery strategies were studied in a mangrove system after natural impact. Sites were characterized by defining the structure and composition in mangrove fragments at Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin at Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. Rhizophora mangle and Conocarpus erectus were identified as dominant species. Thrinax radiata and Manilkara zapota were found nearby as member of medium statured forest. C. erectus showed a trend to vertical growth and R. mangle a trend to canopy extension and low growth. Importance Values showed difference per species, according to a topographical and hydrological gradient. There was a direct correlation between DAP increase and height for R. mangle (r2=0.55), suggesting that this species resists best hurricane impacts.
Keywords: Hurricane, strategies, recovery, mangrove.