2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Beaches in Mexico, Akumal On The Second Spot

2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Beaches in Mexico, Akumal On The Second Spot

2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Beaches in Mexico, Akumal On The Second Spot

Akumal is truly a gem in Mexico’s 10,000 kilometers of coastline. Situated 62 miles south of Cancun, halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the charming and picturesque little town of Akumal features some of the most stunning beaches on the planet.

Akumal Beach on the 2nd Spot

It does not come as a surprise then, that recently, when the popular travel website, TripAdvisor announced the results of the 2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Poll for Top 10 Beaches in Mexico, Akumal was featured on the second spot!

After conducting surveys based on millions of reviews, TripAdvisor finally came up with the following list for the Top 10 Beaches In Mexico:

  1. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
  2. Akumal Beach, Akumal
  3. Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas
  4. Chileno Beach, Cabo San Lucas
  5. Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido
  6. Balandra Beach, La Paz
  7. Playa Delfines, Cancún
  8. Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Riviera Nayarit
  9. Paradise Beach, Cozumel
  10. Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo

As opposed to some of the other Riviera Mayas beach destinations, the waters around Akumal beach are comparatively clearer and feature healthy coral reefs that make for some fantastic snorkeling sites. In Half Moon Bay and Yal Ku Lagoon, snorkelers can find a plethora of underwater adventure. Snorkeling gear is easily available on hire at the Akumal Dive Shop, located at the main road while entering Akumal.

A wide expanse of Akumal’s magnificent beaches surrounds “Las Bahias de Akumal” – a string of five bays. Starting with North Akumal Beach and ending at Aventuras Akumal to the south, all of these bays are fantastic for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, diving and beach combing.

Akumal or the “Land of the Turtles” is one of the favored spots for sea turtles to lay their eggs. These turtles can be spotted on Half Moon Bay between the months of May and November.

Once a secret, the peaceful town of Akumal, with its white sand beaches on the warm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, has today emerged as a popular beach destination in the Riviera Maya and is perfectly suited for those who are on a lookout for an unhurried Mexican beach vacation that still has plenty of activities to offer.

This photo of Akumal Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Akumal Swimming With Turtles For Free?

Akumal – Swimming With Turtles For Free?
Recently someone posted a question on Tripadvisor asking if it is possible to take a taxi to Akumal, pay the entrance fee to the park, and then swim with the turtles for free i.e. without booking an organized tour?

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

It is not necessary to book an organized tour, you can just do your own thing. Take a taxi and head out to Akumal Beach. The beach is a short walking distance (2-3 minutes) from where you get off the taxi. If you are not carrying your own beach towels, you can rent in loungers and chairs available on the beach. There are also two dive shops (the one nearest to the beach is just next to the Lol-Ha Restaurant) from where you can rent snorkeling equipment, lockers, life jackets etc. for roughly USD 18. No experience or tour guide is necessary. There are a surprising number of giant sea turtles feeding off the grasses in this beach area. Simply wade out in the water, follow the groups and the turtles are everywhere. Bring an underwater camera to get some great clicks and later have a yummy meal right on the beach at the reasonably priced Lol-ha restaurant.

Photo of Swimming With Turtles:http://olanina.com/2013/04/27/swim-with-turtles-in-tullum-mexico/

Important News: Akumal Beach Access Restriction Questions Answered

Of late there has been a lot of heartburn over reported news of restrictions placed on the access to the Main Bay in Akumal. The earlier entrance has been closed and new path has been earmarked for people. CEA – CEA Centro Ecológico Akumal has sought to remove any confusion such steps have confused in the minds of the Akumal residents and Tourists alike.

Here is the message posted on https://www.facebook.com/CEA.AKUMAL

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In an effort to clarify certain issues that are affecting Akumal and Centro Ecológico Akumal at this time, we submit the following information.

Akumal Bay is being destroyed from massive snorkel tourism, and related bad snorkeling and marine recreation practices (grabbing sea turtles, standing on coral, poaching sea turtle nests, illegal vendors, shoddy equipment, molesting visitors). Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA), the hotels, and dive shops are working to revert this situation through better control of the beachfront properties and by implementing an integrated bay management program.

1. CEA owns the land on which its offices are located; from the middle of the road between Super Chomak / Hotel Club Akumal Caribe and El Pueblito in the south / east, and El Pueblito and the federal zone of the beach (east / west) and Taj-Kumal and the mangrove to the west / north.

2. CEA has owned this land since 1973, first in a bank trust as Club de Yates Akumal, and since 1993, as Centro Ukana I Akumal, A.C., better known as Centro Ecológico Akumal, and with direct title.

3. CEA land is not an official public access site of Akumal; the public entrance is further south.

4. In the past, CEA had no need to control its property as it does now. Today, we witness multitudes of tours (legal and illegal) commercially using CEA property to take tours to Akumal Bay; also there are robberies; drug sales; illegal merchants on the federal zone; violence; basic insecurity, due to lack of control of our property.

5. CEA cannot and is not “privatizing” Akumal beach; it is demanding that the government respect its constitutional rights as land owner and Mexican civil association. Several business interests are attempting to take over CEA land and they are being supported by certain municipal government representatives.

6. CEA is changing the location of access across its property to a more secure and controlled site, and IS NOT denying access to the local population. CEA will guarantees free access to Akumal and Chemuyil citizens and residents. CEA has the legal right to determine what businesses use its property and is asking for that right to be upheld.

7. CEA is working with the local hotels, dive shops and tour operators to update and implement a management plan for Akumal bay, with the help of federal authorities and within the federal legal framework for ecosystem and species protection. However, this plan cannot work if the uncontrolled number of commercial tours continues to enter the bay each day.

8. All properties and resident dive shops support and agree to work within the parameters of the integrated bay management program.