This is an experience for all ages - if your visit is at the right time, take the trip and go. You will be so glad you did!
Yes if you can make your way back to Akumal Bay (you may have to pay for parking), but yes you can rent palapa's and/or beach chairs & towels, which comes with bracelets to show you belong for the day on the private beach... More
Yes if you can make your way back to Akumal Bay (you may have to pay for parking), but yes you can rent palapa's and/or beach chairs & towels, which comes with bracelets to show you belong for the day on the private beach and will get you bathroom privileges. The secret trick is finding where you buy these. Once in Akumal find the "Lol-Ha" restaurant (highly recommended - FYI). On the South side there is a small "ice cream" store (across from Akumal dive center" facing the beach. The clerk there does these rentals. There is one fee for palapa & 2 chairs( not sure of that one), and additional $5 per chair which you need for each person. The palace is recommended to avoid you being exposed to that sun all day, but you can go with $5 per chair on open beach. The towels are $2 with a refund, bring towels if you have them. If you are snorkeler's sea turtles are always in that bay in fairly shallow water, but under protection of the CEA in Akumal. This makes people think they need to rent equipment, hire a guide, and not wear fins. This is not true, but recommended if you are novices. If experienced with gear, just enter the water to the south side of Lol-Ha and go into the "protected area" (defined by ropes & floats). When you see a bunch of snorkelers you can bet there are turtles below. Frustrating for divers like me because novices and all crowded and bumping into novice snorkelers. I hope this is helpful, Akumal is a place we have visited sine 2000 a dozen times and one of my favorite places in the world, discovered by none other than Jaques Cousteau and his friend. Enjoy!