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Akumal - Eat, Snorkle and Relax

Jun 5, 2009  A Day Trip to Akumal
4.5 of 5 stars based on 39 votes

How to get to Akumal for a day trip, snorkle rental info, what to do and where to eat. A perfect destination for those seeking a quieter stay and a base for area attractions.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Akumal
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Getting There

    No need to join a tour just to get to Akumal. From anywhere along Highway 307, head in the direction you need to go and flag down a white van. If room the driver will stop if there are seats available. In Playa del Carmen, colectivos line up on Calle 2 Norte between 15th Ave and 20th Ave . In downtown Cancun, head to the parking lot of La Comercial Mexicana on Tulum Ave.

    The colectivo driver will drop off passengers at the white walkway, walk across the highway and into Akumal and the bay.

    Walking is the budget option as it is only about 15 minutes. If the heat is too much, the taxi fare is only a few bucks. Parking is available for those with cars.
    Best to arrive early if you wish to get in a swim and have breakfast. Dive shops open at 8am.

  • 2. Snorkel Rental

    If you need to rent snorkel equipment once you arrive there are two options right on the bay. Akumal Dive Center, just south of the Lol Ha Restaurant, and Akumal Dive Shop. Both offer gear rentals, kayak rentals, night dives, scuba and lessons. The Dive Shop lockers and showers were handy and worth $10. Rental fee is about $10-$12.

  • 3. The Turtles and The Reef

    Best luck for me seeing tortugas tends to be in the morning or late afternoon. Head out to the grasses by the roped off area. Generally where the people are, there are turtles. Remember to stay back, don't chase the turtles and do not touch them.
    The organization, CEA, linked above strives to give the green and loggerhead turtles a better chance at life and a better environment to live in. Nightly turtle talks take place during the season April through November.
    The reef is reachable for swimmers without a kayak. Be aware of your surroundings, do not swim over low coral and never touch or stand on coral. That will kill it!
    Go slow, watch the colorful fish dart in and out of rocks and coral. Barracuda are around, so don't wear shiny things that attract them.
    Veg out and recover on the beach and then head back in. Have fun!

  • 4. Turtle Bay Bakery & Cafe
    Turtle Bay Bakery & Cafe, Akumal

    Follow the signs to this outdoor cafe for a phenomenal breakfast! If a menu has something with seafood, it's getting ordered. The crab cake benedict had me saying "mmm" from the first bite. It did not disappoint.

    Work up an appetite in the water and then stop by for breakfast and lunch daily or dinner Thursday to Saturday. They do a lot to support the local area and it's great to support them.

    Wedding cake and co-ordinator services also available.

  • 5. Lucy's Kitchen
    Lucy's Kitchen, Akumal

    Give the wallet a break over the beach restaurants and head over to Lucy's. Only ice cream available at the beach location. Head across the highway for shrimp and fish tacos and empanadas. Get there before things sell out!