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Akumal Beach

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very nice place to visit. Relax, food, snorkeling Many shops with souvenires and also some restaurants. Not to busy at all so you can easely find a place to relax

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank przemekwawa13
Reviewed yesterday

BEAUTIFUL. Stayed in Akumal for our honeymoon. Akumal Beach was incredible. Awesome snorkeling, clear water, little seaweed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mrsDfisk
Reviewed yesterday

It's quite busy. There are way nicer beaches than that which I won't disclose just to keep it that way :)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 622anetak
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been at Akumal Bay resort 8 times and prefer to search for the best price rather than look for some other Terra Incognita. We prefer a well predictable resort rather than new discovery resort.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LindaToronto
Reviewed 2 days ago

The beach like everything else is getting crowded, but still worth the visit to see the turtles. Well worth the time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Phatjak
Reviewed 3 days ago

With our private guide from Wild Ak Tours, only 3 of us snorkeled and saw beautiful sea turtles and colorful fishes. Amazing experience. Nice beach, lots of fishes close to the shore. 100 pesos per person to enter the bay, and with use of change...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank France L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We parking at a parking lot across the road and wanted to go to the hotel's restaurant for lunch. Some guy charged us $30.00 ($5.00 each) for the 6 of us and we found all we had to was walk to the front of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emma S
Reviewed 4 days ago

this beach is aboslutely amazing , the views look fantasic , the water is so clear and you can see a lot of fishes and clear sand when you diving . the water is also nice and calm . the best place for relaxing

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jonatt357
Reviewed 5 days ago

better than Hawaii, clean water, a lot of fishes to see, and nice sand. Could be a bit wavy for water sports though

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sean K
Reviewed 6 days ago

and reports of criminals and profiteering off tourists. Will mean more room for the rest of of us who truly appreciate the area and understand the need for some controls. To see the thoughtless conduct displayed by ignorant tourists to the reef environment before the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Edward F
First went here almost 20 years ago. We love the fact that Akumal is a public beach and has always been less overrun by development. But it seems like that is changing (has changed?) One of the amazing things about Akumal was the fact that you could snorkel the bay freely and would regularly encounter sea turtles. That being the charm, it was inevitable that the secret got out. Our last visit we stayed on Holbox for a week, but scheduled in 2 nights at Akumal to take our boys snorkelling. I had taken them as little guys on rafts with 'windows', but now they are able to on their own. We were met at the beach with a protest of sorts, the locals were organized at the gate and asking that no-one use the beach out of solidarity for their cause, that being that some resorts or scuba outfits were trying to section off the Akumal Bay and have people pay for what used to be an open and free snorkeling experience. This was a real protest, judging by the armed guards. We respected their wishes and wished them luck in keeping it a free, public experience to enjoy the entire bay and ref there. Now I'm not sure if this was 'local entrepreneurs' (scammers) fighting the resorts/ legit guides or local fighting the scammers... Ironically we ended up at yal-ku, which never disappoints, but has also become quite an enterprise since we first went there in 2000 or so. So my question is, can you tell me the current state of affairs for swimming & snorkeling the bay / reef at Akumal? I thought this would be a good place to start.
6 December 2018|
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Response from Jacci H | Reviewed this property |
we have been this year 2018 and enjoyed snorkling in the sea (free) of charge and no armed gaurds on the beach but there was life gaurds and security around each hotel. we swam in the bay with the turtles and enjoyed the... More
21 November 2018|
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Response from 12,091,995 |
When I went in July I entered the beach through the dive shop...there weren't any guides on that part of the beach
17 November 2018|
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Response from 136steviec | Reviewed this property |
We went with an organised tour which was a complete package that included transport there and back flotation jacket mask , snorkel and fins and a dive guide we paid £35 pounds each through our tour company TUI