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“Such a hassle compared to before”
Review of Akumal Beach

Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Akumal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was formerly a public beach and now it is a privately owned beach so you have to pay to enter. Foreigners: $100 MXN or $5 USD, Mexican nationals: $80 MXN, and Mexicans from Quintana Roo: Free. You get hassled outside before you enter to rent life jackets and they do not have many signs directing you to the correct place or information. Just tell all the hagglers outside that you will buy all your stuff in the office. The office building is not labeled from parking lot side and instead you will just see it from turnstile entry. Go there first and get your entrance bracelet and locker for $40 MXN with a $100 MXN deposit which you will get back when you return the key. After I entered there is a line of "guides" who will tell you a ton of crap, like that you need to buy a tour and you need to rent a life jacket. They are not supposed to do that and they are kind of aggressive. Super off putting. There is a sign in the office that says these things aren't true and I asked the employees in Spanish to make sure. I went without life jacket or guide. It's up to you, just avoid those aggressive guides unless you really want one. Saw a turtle and parrot fish without one but I have been there before many years ago.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous beach, snorkelling saw turtles, have to pay 100 peso to get on beach plus 150 for a bed and then 500 for snorkelling guide. Really worth it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pretty little beach but it was so mobbed over spring break week we could not get over it. We went out for a snorkel but it was a little confusing where we could and could not go (others we spoke with felt the same). We swam out two different places and saw nothing. Then we rented a boat and went out around the reef. Saw a few fish and turtles (which was terrific). We could not believe all the hype about snorkeling at Akumal. There is nothing there. Coral is dead, at least what we saw. The turtles were wonderful but with all the people, I'm surprised there are any at all. Akumal is pleasant enough (though not over spring break),just don't go with high expectations for snorkeling.

2  Thank shegaltravels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only way to get to a sandy area of the Akumal Beach is to pay 100 pesos (around $5 US) and enter through the Dive Shop. While the $5 isn't a problem, the masses of tourists relative to the small area of beach where they can go is a bit of an issue. Although it is a long beach, most of the upscale hotels control the vast majority of it and don't allow anyone not staying at their hotel access, thus creating the overcrowding on the 'open access' area in front of the Lol-Ha restaurant. It seems to be a shame that the large, expensive resorts have claimed most of the beach areas which should be open to the public - especially to the ocal people. Although the snorkel tour with a guide to see the turtles was a good experience, we probably won't return. Note that guides are mandatory in order to go to the area where the turtles are located due to new guidelines that help to protect the turtles (which is a very good thing) despite anything that you read to the contrary. It seems that the guidelines are changing daily but this is what we learned while there. That said, having a guide is a good thing since they are trained to spot all types of sea life that an untrained eye may not notice. The cost for the turtle guide was $35 US per person.

1  Thank Shelley K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is amazing, don't worry about the seaweed. The reef and coral just off shore is beautiful. You only have to go out a few feet and you are seeing incredible sea life. Bring your snorkle gear - no flippers are allowed.

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