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South Akumal

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South Akumal

Hello. We (2 families) are traveling to Mexico 7/22/06 and have rented a villa in South Akumal. Is anyone familiar with this beach/neighborhood? I have not been able to find many posts referrring to this area. Is it a safe area? I have never traveled to Mexico during the summer months-can I expect a lot of bugs? WE have two adults and 2 teens who will want to scuba, does anyone know the best (safest) dive area nearby? No-I will not be one of the adults diving :) Wish I was leaving today-thanks for the help!

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I am 99% sure the South Akumal you are referring to is the same entrance with a sign called South Buceo (not sure if that´s the name of the road). It´s just a little bit south of the main Akumal entrance. I haven´t been inside any of the rental villas, but I really like the area. It´s a lot smaller and more private than the main entrance.

July is the rainy season, so the amount of mosquitos will depend on how much rain the area is getting at that time. Which at this point is hard to predict.

How old are your teens? I don´t know what the laws are, but I remember when I got certified, the instructors mentioned that it wasn´t recommended for minors under the age of 18. I think it was a health issue.

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I am interested in this area too, please post a report when you get back. The discover scuba class is a day thing and the kids can be 14 or over. The Junior Scuba class can be as young as 10 years old. The deepest they are allowed to go is 40 feet. You might consider having them take classes at home and getting what is called a referral then finishing the dive certification in Mexico. I have heard good things about Akumal Bay. Check out scubaboard dot com for more information about diving and the Akumal area. Have a great time.

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Thank you for all the info. I think you have the right neighborhood HollyWorton. We will be mentally prepared for bugs. I am checking out the scuba web site. very informative. My son is 14 and has been begging for cert. since he was 8. Sounds like Akumal might be a good spot for a beginner. I will post a report when we return. We are renting Casa Acacia(on vrbo). Thanks again!

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Check out this website for information on scuba diving and children: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lpt/kids.htm.

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Sorry to run this into the ground, this is really a discussion for a scuba website, BUT I think that both you and your son need to be 100% about the risks of scuba. This is not like riding a bike or skiing.

Your son's safety needs to be taken into consideration, as well as the safety of his buddy. Is he old enough to be responsible for saving his buddy in an emergency situation?

Found this comment from a poster on another (scuba) website:

"As far as I'm concerned, no-one should be diving unless they are able to fully understnd the risks they are taking by exposing themselves to such harsh conditions. Scuba is the greatest sport around, but I would not want to dive with a teenage buddy who didn't know the risks, and the responsibilities of the sport. Joking or not, this is not really a topic to take lighly. If your buddy cannot save you from danger, then you should not be diving..."

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Thanks for the concern. He is a competitive swimmer and he will only be diving with my husband. Shallow-low current dives only. If I feel that he is not fully capable he will have to snuba or snorkel. The other teen/dad will be diving together. He will train here in town and they do an open water check out nearby, so I am hoping to have a good feel for his capabilities. thanks again for the info. I will show it to my son!!

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South Akumal is very nice and has several beautiful villas. It has a gated entrance, so not just anyone can drive back to it. Akumal is very safe. Just use normal precautions as you would anywhere. Not much violent crime in the Riviera Maya. Petty theft is more common. We felt safer there than in our home town! Stayed in Akumal last year and are going back this year. We'll be coming back right before you arrive. July has rain, but quick and it's over. Mostly sunny and hot! Go to Locogringo.com. This is the Akumal specialists website and can give you dive shop names.

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