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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  • It difficult to find an easy entry point to the ocean due to rocks and you will need water shoes as there are a lot of areas that are just rock no sand. 
    It difficult to find an easy entry point to the ocean due to rocks and you will need water shoes as there are a lot of areas that are just rock no sand.  more »
  • We are a family of four and wanted to snorkel with the turtles. I read all of the reviews first – all of them. Yes it’s changed over the years, but there’s good reasons why. Make sure you read the.....  more
    We are a family of four and wanted to snorkel with the turtles. I read all of the reviews first – all of them. Yes it’s changed over the years, but there’s good reasons why. Make sure you read the.....  more »
  • We travelled hear from playa del Carmen by taxi, with a 6 and 8 year old, looking for a chance to swim with turtles. We arrived early, before 9am expecting to be swamped with offers from guides... 
    We travelled hear from playa del Carmen by taxi, with a 6 and 8 year old, looking for a chance to swim with turtles. We arrived early, before 9am expecting to be swamped with offers from guides...  more »
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  • Too expensive, but has excellent view front beach and free parking
  • Tourist trap posing as Natural Park. In fact it is just a beach where you pay for admittedly good facilities like changing rooms and beach showers. And that would be fine except that the 100 pessos entry only allows to swim in circle in the roped off shallow area like in the kindergarten. Anything further up is allowed only with a guide for another 300+. So in summary if you come here to see turtles pay 400 pesos and you will leave happy. If you come to just access the beach it's a total rip off and scam. Just go to any beach or even Half Moon bay 1 minute walk next door for free.
  • We swam with the turtles! It was amazing. We had a really nice park ranger explain the rules and how to keep the turtles protected. We hired a local guide instead of the overrated public agents. Our guide was so kind and really got us some wonderful views of the turtles. We saw 16 or so. Use the local folks. They are so kind and could use the help!
  • If you want to snorkel and see sea turtles, this is a good place to see them. Seeing the turtles was great, but other than that, it wasn't much of a snorkeling experience (pretty plain). I thought it was overpriced as well. We had our own snorkeling gear, I shouldn't have had to pay for a guide to use it. If your goal is to go see turtles in the ocean, this is a great place to do it. Just don't expect much else.
  • Wonderful beach, you can see easily turtles and fish, I recommend renting a safety vest or the tourist guides are bothering the whole time, park beside the Oxxo, pay 2.5€ , no time limit and walk 3 minutes until the entrance. Must important, just enjoy this magic place!

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