Akumal Beach, Akumal

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Swim with adorable sea turtles at Akumal Beach, located in a small town that serves as a welcome relief from the overcrowded Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Home to just over 1,000 residents, the town provides plenty of tourist-oriented amenities, while several outfits operating on the beach itself offer snorkeling gear for rent and guided experiences for novice turtle enthusiasts. Simple shacks scattered across the long beach sell snacks, fish specialties, and cold drinks. The optimal time to see the beach's reptilian residents is between May and November, when the turtles come ashore and lay their eggs. Arrange to visit Akumal Beach and other attractions in Akumal using our Akumal itinerary builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Unlike other beaches that I could visit in the area, this is noticed more the presence of tourism. Perhaps due to the attractiveness of the presence of turtles (have to find them...), by the economic (not is charged entry, as in many) or simply because it is very good beach, aren't as comfortable neither inside nor outside the water. For my taste, the demarcation of areas with buoys is a nuisance and concentrates more people. I liked most the area close to the resorts. Anyway, highly recommended.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Since our last visit 3 years ago, Akumal has become more crowded & congested. It is a tourist haven filled with sun bathers and snorkeling tours and groups. This beautiful area has paid the price. I n...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    It is something that needs to be done once in Mexico, is a place where sea turtles can be seen and the truth is that you can get to see easily enough, us in a couple of hours or three on the beach and a couple of bathrooms we saw at least 6, of different sizes and the truth is that the baba fell us. You can go faster with the car or taking a tour, is about 20-30 minutes and there are many car parks on the outside of the beach, that Yes be careful because anything more enter the first parking you will say that they are the last parking and you have to take the tour and vests with them, that later there is nothing more You also stop as if they were security, nothing I didn't like such treatment lures tourists, luckily to see their attitude, we go forward and we find site in the last parking lot which is a minute walk from the beach. The same thing with vests repay more than 50 pesos per day per person, not be if they are required because I was swimming a time without it. TOURS, maybe not is if they are mandatory because we not caught, because that didn't seem fair to have to pay a guide to dive a little bit carefully without disturbing the animals, by which we were swimming to our wide, carefully not entering the protected area.
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For comfortable beachfront options near the town itself, look to Half Moon Bay, whose curving coastline serves as the hub of diving and other beach activities in the region. Budget options can be difficult to find in Akumal and in the neighboring coastal towns--expect to pay the same, if not more, per night in the nearby town of Puerto Aventuras.
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