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Akumal holds a natural charm, not only because 365 days a year you can find turtles placidly eating sea grass but because this small town has the distinction of making you feel so comfortable and relaxed, as though time is stopped.

The beach

Photo courtesy of Discovering Ice

Photo courtesy of Discovering Ice

This beach is not very large, making it a more intimate atmosphere. You will find that you can choose to rent chairs and umbrellas or simply stay in the shelter of the shade of palm trees on the fine sand. The interesting thing about this beach is that there are one or two small restaurants where you can eat, as well as street vendors with rich fruits, and at the entrance to the beach some craft stalls for that cute little reminder to take home. It is also home to the Ecological Center of Akumal responsible for creating a sustainable tourism development model.

The turtles

Photo courtesy of Mexico Relax

Photo courtesy of Mexico Relax

In Maya, Akumal means “place of the turtle” because it has been chosen by Mother Nature as the site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs every year, mainly Caretta and Chelonia Mydas. The good news is that you can find them practically all year long due to the sea grass. Take advantage of your stay and go on a  snorkeling tour to appreciate them even  more.

Yal-Ku

Photo courtesy of PartirPasCher

Photo courtesy of PartirPasCher

Akumal keeps one of the most beautiful secrets of nature right at the bottom of this town where everything ends: Yal-Ku Lagoon. This little place is perfect for snorkeling for hours where you can admire several colorful fish that come and go between seawater and the fresh water of the lagoon. Although not very large, this property has 3 large palapas that you can rent and will want to do promptly as there is no other shade around. If you get hungry, don’t worry there is a restaurant here as well.

Don’t wait any longer and escape to this corner of the Mexican Caribbean located 65 miles from Cancun and 23 miles from Playa del Carmen.