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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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  • It's a super place for swimming with turtles; the guide can be hired in place with their respective teams. I did not see a great variety of restaurants, despite being a... occupied mostly by hotels long beach all inclusive. Is characterized by being quite busy and of waters with little waves and warm. Not be miss a sunset in Akumal... is dream!
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  • Apart from being a beach type Bay, without waves, there are no stones, the water is clear and impressive is the number of turtles that are 50 meters from the shore. It is a must-see. I recommend renting the vests in the shop of Akumal Dive Center and not those who offer it to you on the beach. I 40% rent them cheaper. Bring snorkel or rent. It is worth clarifying that even though you know swimming, it is not permitted to spend the boyage without vest, since you can step on the turtles and flora marina on which they feed. Another must-see in Riviera Maya!
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  • Took a tour along with a cenotes snorkel. If I had to do it again, I would skip the Cenotes part of the tour and would have just taken a taxi to Akumal Bay and rented a life jacket (had my own snorkel...  more »