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“Akumal Bay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Akumal
Type: Bodies of Water, Beaches
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Akumal Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a great place to stay. Beautiful, not too crowded. The beach, like all beaches along this strip of coast is prone to garbage that blows into the sea from open land fill situated in several islands and countries within the Caribbean. Locals do a great job keeping the beach clean. A lot of waves, so not great for first time snorkelers but still well worth an explore. There are no sandy entry points, wear some form of foot wear.

Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Nice, but prefer Akumal Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The beach is essentially crushed sea shells, so it can be rough on the feet. Lots of coral which you have to navigate through, so be careful. It can be a tad claustrophobic if you are so inclined. Much less crowded than Akumal Bay, but not as much sea life to see in my experience.

Visited December 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Christmas 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stayed at Lol Ka'naab #4 condo - great snorkeling right in front of the condo. Make sure you have water shoes since this is a rocky area. Plenty of coral formations to explore if you go out from La Buena Vida. Saw sea turtle, octupus, sting ray and plenty of fish. The pelicans were constantly feeding in front of the condo - fun to watch them dive.

Visited December 2012
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Atlanta GA
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“quiet and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I have stayed at Half Moon Bay three times over the last 20 years. It is beautiful and never gets crowded. I prefer to stay in the north end because that is where the best snorkeling is. It is true that the bottom is rocky and shallow so if you're looking for a sandy beach experience this is not the place for you. But there are nice lounge chairs for relaxing in front of the condos and the view is gorgeous. It does get quite alot of wave action. I didn't find the current a problem but that might be because I'm an experiences swimmer.

Visited December 2012
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Annapolis
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“Save your time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Half Moon Bay is worth at least a quick look. The beach there is very rocky and the water is shallow and choppy.There is a decent reef there though we did not see too many fish mostly just coral and the shallow choppy waters made it a little stressful. My snorkel mast kept getting water in it due to the choppy water and because its shallow and the coral is all around it made it very hard to surface and fix the issues because there is no place to put your feet down without stepping on the coral which you shouldn't do.The one saving grace was La Buena Vida the bar right on the beach. They have hammocks along the shore and swings at the bar a great place to enjoy an ice cold Negro Modelo by far the best local beer. If you want a good peaceful snorkeling experience I would recommend checking out Yal Ku Lagoon or Akumal Bay. Yal Ku has a ridiculous amount of fish and they are there as soon as you enter the water and because it is a lagoon it's very peaceful and great for beginners just be sure to sunscreen up you will want to snorkel all day and snorkel burns are the worst. Akumal Bay is by far the best place to find turtles and also great for beginners. We went out several times and each time within minutes found sea turtles. Amazing.

Visited May 2012
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