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. Plan to see Akumal Beach and other attractions that appeal to you using our Akumal trip maker app .
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  • We were in July 2019. It is advisable to park at the entrance of the complex in a parking that charges 50 pesos for the whole day (there is some closer to the beach that charges for hours, it comes out more expensive if you are going to be 2 or 3 hours). They jam you in the jar to hire guide, life jacket, etc. You have to pay the state 100 pesos to enter the beach for each person, children under 11 I think do not pay or pay half, you only have free access to the first 25 meters of sea, the rest is only for biological reserve and to access with guide. They contend you telling you that if you want to enter some sectors of those first 25 meters you have to go with a vest (100 pesos apart from the entrance), we hired 3 vests but there were people bathing without a vest, among them some of us who do not contract Vest. We saw a turtle in the free access area. It is worth seeing the beach (it was the only sargasso-free of all we visited in our holiday week). If you're going to see turtles, you may not find any unless you hire a guide (about 300-500 pesos per person with vest included). Then food in the fisherman's cave, which improves the visit to the area.
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  • Akumal beach is stunning ,has great snorkelling with turtles right of the beach. avoid far left of beach were boats are as this gets very busy with locals and guides trying to get you to pay to see tu...  more »
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