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“Paradise for the 'merican family” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yal-ku Lagoon

Yal-ku Lagoon
Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Akumal
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: Although the brackish water in this lagoon makes visibility difficult, there are still lots of fish and underwater caverns to explore by snorkeling or diving.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Puebla, Mexico
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“Paradise for the 'merican family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is a beautiful lagoon that connects with the sea. The water is calm, almost no current at all, and crystal clear.
You can see fish and other fauna, birds feeding, etc. There are places where you can see sweet and salt water running together, the change of density is very noticeable, a beautiful thing to see.

The place is like a park, as if Disney had purchased and remodeled the lagoon. The borders and roads are well kept, with bronze and stone statues here and there. There are several benchs in which you can rest a while.

They offer locker service and rent snorkeling gear, they also charge an entry fee. The prices are on the pricey side for the average mexican, but I guess not so for the average 'merican.

Snorkeling is a must in this lagoon. You really won't be dissapointed. Watch out for the sea entry, the current is much stronger there, and while there is no real danger of going adrift, or drowning, it's important to notice. If you go there, make sure you're a good swimmer, you could end up in Akumal Beach, or in Villa Italiano (not sure of the name) beach; Yal-ku is in the middle.

If you arrive on public transportation, be prepared to walk about 3km from where the 'vans' leave you. You can walk on the street, watching the beautiful houses, or down the beach and then returning to the streets.

Akumal is mostly a foreign (USA) retirement colony, almost all the houses are owned by foreign people, and almost all of the hotels down the beach are all-inclusive plans from USA and Europe, expensive for mexicans. More so, some won't even offer services, food, etc, to you if you aren't a guest already.

The restaurants at the beachfront are also expensive, a lot, for the average mexican.

The way we did it was to come in the public, inexpensive vans that you take on Playa del Carmen, walk the 3km to the lagoon, hydrate with our backpacks, swim until tired, eat a little lunch we carried and stored with our things in the provided lockers, and walk back to Akumal beach. Then tour the beach, hotels and restaurants in the area. Finally, return to Playa del Carmen via the aforementioned vans.

All in all, a very good place to visit in family.

My rating doesn't go to excellent because of the high prices, and the fact that it doesn't feel like a virgin lagoon, it's too tampered with, beautiful as it is, but there are places that don't have that 'artificial' feel to them.

Visited February 2012
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“Aquarium of fish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

No Parking Fees, No Entrance Fees.
Washrooms & Lockers($) available.

Reading the reviews, I thought there would be a lot for fishes in the lagoon. But we did see quite a few different types of fish. There was a school of yellow and black stripped fish swimming right infront of our face for 5 minutes.

Bring an underwarer camera, bring watershoes!!

If you're going to Yal-ku Lagoon, don't forget to go to AKUMAL Beach to see turtles! They are in the same area!

Visited November 2012
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“Snorkeling Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We have been to this place about 4 times. During our last visit we were dropped off by taxi at the lagoon for snorkeling, make sure you set a time for the taxi come back for you. My advice is you can eat at the snack bar or take a lunch and spend a couple of hours there. They have private family cabañas you can rent. We ended up walking a couple of miles back to town along the beach and saw only a few people there were many crosses which were markings for the turtle nests. So Cool!

Visited June 2012
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Sitka, Alaska, United States
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“Great Fish Encounters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My family and I go to this place every time we visit. Which as been about 5 times for me so far. I love this place solely because of its access to all kinds of fish. Its very easy access into the water, (note: its really cold when you 1st get in, fresh water) but well worth it. The lagoon, depending on when you go (avoid weekends-because of the locals) it can be very crowded, but its a large enough place that you really don't run into anyone, literally. This last trip we saw a barracuda, parrot fish that were the size of salmons, same with the angel fish, and a school of minnows. Of course there are tons of other fish to see, and all are generally very friendly, you can swim through the school of fish and they just continue to do what they do. Its great for family with small children, elderly, or someone who is just looking for a nice snorkel.

Visited November 2012
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“Unique experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Similar snorkeling to xelha but more reasonable and the sculptures are an interesting addition. It's been awhile since we were there, first time was in1980, it was free then!

Visited December 2011
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