Akumal Journals

A week in Akumal

A July 2002 trip to Akumal by serandal

Quote: The community of Akumal on the Mayan Riviera offers snorkling, diving, and turtle watching in a relaxed and protected setting

A week in Akumal

Overview

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The community of "Playa Akumal" has many things to enjoy. You won't want to miss seeing baby turtles hatching and crawling into the sea in Akumal, Mexico. Resident community citizens trying to protect the turtles lead nightly walks to see both the laying of turtle eggs and their hatching.The lagoon of Yal Ku at the end of the road (about three miles from the entrance) offers snorkeling and diving for only five dollars per day. It looks like Xel Ha without all the restaurants and glitter. Quick Tips: Stay at one of the condos on the beach. We stayed in a lovely condo at the Luna Azul on Half Moon Bay that had two balconies, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and living room with d...Read More

Luna Azul

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Hotel

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This was really a great place to stay. You can rent one of eight condominiums that face Half Moon Bay. You are steps from the water and can snorkel in front of the units. This condo is located in the gated community of Playa Akumal. It is very peaceful and quiet. You can rent a golf cart or bicycle to go the two miles or so to the gate where there are two small grocery stores (Super Chomak and El Pueblo, one is local and the other owned by and American- much higher prices here), restaurants, shops, and the public beach. A mile or so the other way is the lagoon or Yal Ku, where you can snorkel for only 5 dollars. We saw all kinds of fish, turtles, sting-rays etc. At night you can see turtles layin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2002

Luna Azul
Half Moon Bay
Akumal, Mexico
(984) 875-9137

Turtle Bay Bakery

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Restaurant

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Turtle Bay Bakery is located across from Akumal Bay and is an eclectic cafe best known for its terrific breakfasts. It does serve lunch and sometimes dinner, but not every night. It is closed on Mondays. The cafe is set in a garden atmosphere and opens early in the morning. Many hang out in the cafe drinking coffee and share travel experiences. Cafe prices are not inexpensive, some prices are higher than those in the states, but you can get your expresso and your moccachino here. They also serve smoothies, fruit plates, french toast, granola, egg platters and mexican dishes. Baked goods are sold inside. Example of prices: expresso-18 pesos, moccachino- 30 pesos, smoothies- up to 33 pesos. Lunc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2002

Turtle Bay Bakery
Akumal
Akumal, Mexico
+52 (984) 875-9138

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The Lol Ha Restaurant(meaning water lily in Mayan) is located to the right on Akumal Beach as you pass through the arch into Akumal. You can eat at the Palapa Bar, the pizzeria, or the main dining room. It is by far the best restaurant in Akumal and the best for the buck. Specialties include lobster and steak. There is a nightly buffet which changes each evening with a different theme- mexican, italian, etc. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. The restaurant accepts credit cards. The highlight is the fact that there are two dinner shows weekly; make reservations if you want to sit by the stage. Last summer they were doing a folkloric show and a flamenco show. We saw the latter and it was te...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2002

Lol Ha Restaurant and Bar

Akumal, Mexico
+52 612-295-5960

Yal Ku Lagoon

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Story/Tip

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No one stays in Playa Akumal without going several times to Yal Ku Lagoon. This lagoon is a protected habitat for regional marine life. The waters are a combination of salt water from the Carribean and fresh water from underground rivers. You can snorkel here and hang out on the small beaches and docks. The lagoon is a short 10 minute walk from Half Moon Bay- at the end of the road in Akumal. Take a taxi if you are coming from the arched entrance for it is about a 5 kilometer walk from there. There is a parking lot and you can rent snorkeling equipment. The lagoon is an easy walk to nearby restaurants. A stay for the day will cost you 5 dollars or 50 pesos. To save the fish, they ask that you do not...Read More