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Akumal was one of our favorite stops in Mexico! Akumal, Mexico is famous for the swimming with the sea turtules! But Akumal is so much more than that. The ocean front is absolutely gorgeous and the little seaside resturants are delicious. So go to Akumal for the sea turtles and leave with a whole experience!
How to get to Akumal, Mexico
So, first things first, how do you get to Akumal, Mexico? We stayed in Playa del Carmen and we wanted to find the most affordable way to get to Akumal, and we did!
Let’s talk about colectivos! Colectivos are shared taxis, like little mini shuttles! Colectivos run to and from Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen (with stops in between).
It is a little intimidating the first go. The colectivos are used mostly by locals getting to and from work and a few travelers sprinkled in. The colectivos in Playa del Carmen are on Calle 2 between Avenida 15 & 20.
Hop on the colectivo that is going towards Tulum, the drivers will say their route. Or you can ask them! It’s about 25-30 minutes to get to Akumal and about 35 pesos a person (a little over $2 USD) one way.
Listen to what the driver is saying, you’re listening for Akumal and he may ask if people need to stop at certain places. If you see Akumal is getting close and you hear the driver ask if anyone wants to stop there, say “alto aqui por favor!” (Stop here please)
You will be dropped off at a white overpass. Walk over the bridge and keep walking straight down the path.
Ignore the people offering you tours for like $50 at the beginning of the path. Those are not necessary and really a scarm. Keep walking and you will see where you can rent snorkel gear.
You can take a tour if you want, we opted not to. The only benefit is they know where the turtles hang and can tell you ASAP when they see one.
You can also bring your own snorkel gear of course.
We were okay with renting our gear for about $15 and just swam around. We saw plenty of sea turtles and all their friends!
We visited right after a hurricane so the water was quite murky and there was so much seaweed everywhere. We still had a blast though (of course)!
Actually most of the beaches we went to this trip were covered in seaweed from the hurricane. But that didn’t stop me from screaming everytime a piece unknowingly brushed up against my leg in the ocean.
As you swim around you’ll find sea turtles, sting rays, little schools of fish all around you! We stayed in for quite some time. I dont know about you but snorkeling is quite the workout for me.
But aren’t the views just totally worth it?!
So we worked up quite the appetite. After snorkeling for a few hours, we ate at the restuarnt right on the Akumal beach front and it was absolutely delicious seafood! And stunning views!
Then we spent our time exploring the beach and the town before we decided to head back on the colectivo to Playa del Carmen.
I definitely recommend exploring Akumal while you are in Mexico! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim this close with the friendly sea turtles. And an absolutely beautiful Mexican town.