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Akumal Beach

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“beautiful beach” (645 reviews)
“sea turtles” (909 reviews)
“fish” (1,143 reviews)
Akumal, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great beach to swim with turtles in the wild. Just bring a mask and snorkel and start swimming, you'll see lots all year round close to the beach, no need to pay for a tour guide. Take a "colectivo" taxi, its a big white van...More

1  Thank Hostel_FunkyMonkey
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We drove here from a hotel 20 minutes away. Easy to find and parking was straightforward. We didn't take part in a tour but just plotted our towels on the sand and snorkelled with our own set. We could of easily spent the whole day...More

1  Thank m0rgank
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great Beach, fine white sand - picture postcard. This is a public beach - you can swim with the Turtles for free. The locals try to get you to pay for a guide - not needed. Loads of Turtles by Secrets Hotel.

1  Thank srv2010
Reviewed 4 days ago

This beach is in a protected cove. It has tutrles, sting rays and other tropical fish. As noted by other reviewers there are lots of guides and rules. I understand them to be actually requires by law and enforced and I understand that it is...More

Thank TravellingBee338
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice beach area but is very busy with the turtle snorkelling etc. If you stay at akumal bay beach resort it has security and is a “private beach” so a lot less crowds then anywhere in the area. Also an reef couple hundred meters...More

Thank Andrew J
Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited the beach on December 31. I didn't go in the water because there were so many people that I actually felt sorry for any turtles that wanted a peaceful day. I've attached a photo of the "rules". I don't know how closely they...More

1  Thank Adventurer2005
Reviewed 5 days ago

Avoid the people at the front that tell you that you "have" to buy a lifevest from them. Just tell them you are going to take a look if they forcibly stop you- just because they look official with walkie-talkies does NOT mean they are!...More

Thank GeoLady86
Reviewed 6 days ago

The snorkeling here is fantastic. We saw turtles, stingrays, yellow sting rays, spotted eagle rays, eels, barracuda, and lots of other fish. The water was on the cool side, but there were generally not a lot of waves, and not particularly strong currents. We will...More

1  Thank Andy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived after Christmas and stayed until after New Year. The welcome speech went on for over an hour.The rep had worked there 8 years.His friend he made was allowed to promote his business to us.The rep made a remark about his female colleagues bikini bottoms...More

Thank Dalesue
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will say the beach was good .. Nice sand.. Staff were very nice. The beach was kept clean. I was able to do a workout there as well.

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13 January 2018|
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Response from Kevin S |
Also... Snorkeling at the Sirenis is pretty good as long as the Sargassum (seaweed) isn't too bad. Take your own snorkle gear. (cheap at Costco). Because of the limestone shoreline between the two main beaches, there are... More
30 December 2017|
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Response from Mapalumpa | Reviewed this property |
We were there last weekend of October and that is not true. The beach in Mexico is federal territory and access to any beach in the country is open to the general public (even for ocean front resorts). Good luck and enjoy... More
30 December 2017|
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Response from idahospud66 | Reviewed this property |
We've snorkeled at both. Yal ku is a fresh water cenote. It is quite deep in places so if the kids aren't comfortable in deep, they have life vests to rent. There aren't a huge amount of fish but the place is so... More