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“Great place if ignore tourist business”
Review of Akumal Beach

Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Akumal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the place very much - you swim just 20 meters from shore and here they are - big turtles in all their grace! Clean beach, sea weed is plenty but here it’s being cleared by hotel or municipal workers unlike in other places near by. If talking nature - place is amazing. But, the local authorities charge for entry every day 5$ per person to only enter the beach, they try to force you buy a guide and rent life jacket - meaning you will go in line with several others only in the route which is “allowed” or suggested by the guides, you won’t be able to dive due to jackets holds you on surface all the time. Different level of experience altogether and not acceptable for experienced snorklers. They try to charge you for everything and do not allow use toilets if you did not buy the entrance ticket or paid for a guide. Although we still used them but it was not a good experience at all. Travel business spoiled this place unfortunately. Also they don’t allow rent of umbrellas and sun beds if you are not a resident of a hotel - which is a normal practice in Europe, especially if it’s low season and 50% of the sun beds are empty. That was a surprise as well. So you either use 20 meters or the beach shore from water line - and you need to explain this to security that its public territory according to Mexico laws or go to a beach club - there you will be able to pay for facilities by buying food & drinks or just rental fee. These places you need to find and ask for.

1  Thank Diana_Bournemouth
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here 4 years ago and had our very 1st experience swimming with turtles and stingrays. We were very unsure whether to return after reading all of the muddled information about it now. So pleased we did though.
We left our hotel in Playacar via taxi at 7.30 am and arrived at about 8am. Taxi cost about 400 pesos each way which is roughly £30; not bad for a family of 4 we thought.
The road leading up to the beach was very quiet with nobody to hassle you whatsoever! We entered through the 'Dive Centre' and I hired 1 life jacket for myself only, for 150 pesos and 200 pesos deposit. We were then all given a wrist band and walked straight through to the beach! No people, no hassle and so straight forward!!
There are signs on the beach showing you the areas you are allowed to swim and snorkel.We walked along to Zone 2 and did the circuit by ourselves. Saw 4 turtles straight away and there are lots of sting rays in the shallows! The reef was quite good around the circuit. We didn't realise until later, but it says you can only do this bit with a guide. There were no guides or people patrolling at this time of day so I suggest you arrive early before this madness begins!
Much busier by about 11am so highly recommend you get here as early as you can, as we literally had the beach to ourselves, to begin with!
We saw 'Barry the barracuda' who is about 1 and a 1/2 metres long; the biggest barracuda we've ever seen!; A spotted eagle ray, sting rays, lots of turtles, (my husband and daughter saw a very small/ infant turtle, whilst doing the circuit area!), box fish, spotted trunk fish, parrot fish, needle fish and spiny urchins.
A fantastic trip, very pleased we decided to go!

Thank Deb9287
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful one day, full of seaweed hte next! nothing the resort can do, they are working hard to clear it

Thank Andrea A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The locals have figured out how to monetize the heck out of the place. Pay to park, pay to access the beach and a beautiful beach has been turned into a roped off water path for day visitors all wearing life vests to wade through the water in search of turtles. Great beach that has been ruined with the monetization and day visitors.

2  Thank BeachandFood76
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a lot of quaint eateries and boutique hotels here. The beach is expansive and my wife had 2 sea turtles come and swim with her.
Travel tip: We didn't have any issues but there was a shooting shortly after us. If you hear shots fired, don't stop to look around. leave! With that said, we felt pretty safe here.

5  Thank 1maxfamily
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