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Address: Km 104 Carretera Puerto Juarez-Tulum, Akumal 77730, Mexico
Phone Number: 52 984 875 9095
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Great Center, Great Guides

If you are hiring a guide, head to the Eco center and go with them! They know the area and where to find the turtles. Ignore the people on the road who say they work... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Oshawa, Canada
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Oshawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If you are hiring a guide, head to the Eco center and go with them! They know the area and where to find the turtles. Ignore the people on the road who say they work there....they don`t!

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Bay Head, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Akumal Beach used to be a haven for turtles, it is definitely worth seeing. However, CEA deserves a deeper look because of the corruption within the board. If you learn who is in charge of the 'ecological organization' you'll find that they own resort properties and have conflicting interests when it comes to protecting the bay. There is a lot... More 

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Lyons, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great exhibits and education on how to protect the reef and sea turtles. It would be great if they would produce an educational pamphlet to be given to area hotel guests.

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Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Akumal is a great spot in the tradition of Mexican beaches that are open to all - just like they are in Hawaii. CEA does a great job of providing food, educational information and taking care of the reef but it shouldn't come at the expense of local beach access. Protests will keep happening if CEA cannot find a win-win... More 

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North Bay, Canada
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to Akumal beach with the intention of snorkelling on our own to view the turtles in Akumal Bay on Easter Friday 2015. We went to rent equipment for the day and it was only $15 for the day. But in speaking with the staff we learned that for $20 you got a guide from the center and all... More 

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We took the collectivo from our resort to the Akumal Bay area to snorkel with the hopes of seeing turtles and stingrays. We were one of the first to arrive at Centro Ecologico. While watching the video, we met another couple and decided to join them for the snorkel tour. The cost for my wife and I was 500 pesos... More 

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Utah
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83 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We went at 8 am for a guided snorkel tour, and it was well worth the $50 as it meant that we could see the most likely places for turtles hanging out. In fact, we had 12 sightings, and a most handsome stingray to boot. (Anyone who claims Manta Rays are here does not truly know what a Manta looks... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Akumal is a very popular place and attracts large groups of people, so it is clearly difficult to balance the needs of the wildlife against the demands of tourism. The Centro Ecologico is trying its best to do that. When you arrive, you are shown a short video that explains the restrictions of the area - where you can and... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Our snorkeling tour was great - saw turtles and beautiful fish, and the price was right. The down side was that the equipment given to our adult children didn't fit and was poor quality. My husband and I had our own equipment so we did well, but the kids didn't tell us until afterwards that the mask was crushing their... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

the centro is trying to hold back the tide of encroaching tourism into Akumal. Akumal is after all a turtle breeding ground and the centro is attempting to retain that admidst bigger hotels and more and more snorkelers.

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