On one of our last days in Mexico we got a taxi up the road to Akumal Beach, because we were told that this was the place to find turtles. It turns out ‘Akumal’ means ‘Place of the Turtle’ in the Mayan language.
Locals told us that the turtles live around Akumal Beach because they like the shallow waters and sea grass, of which there was plenty! We saw so many turtle nests during our visit, which were all sign posted.
Akumal Beach was honestly the most stunning place, and some of Mexico’s biggest and best hotels had direct access to it. Luckily though, it wasn’t busy unlike some of Cancun’s beaches.
You can pay to do a proper ‘turtle tour’, with the chance to see sting rays and tons of other sea life, but annoyingly we didn’t take enough money with us. Instead, we shared a snorkel set and took it in turns to turtle hunt.
Darryl *may* have broken the rules a million times by crossing the no-go-zones and got a fair few insults hurled at him, but he got some amazing GoPro footage so it was worth it.
I didn’t go out as far as him, but I did see a turtle and at one point even found myself right in the middle of a shoal of fish, which was slightly terrifying and fascinating!
But then our lovely day at the beach took in interesting turn. We decided to walk home, because “the journey only took ten minutes in a taxi”. It took us 90-minutes in scorching heat with no protection from the sun, and only swimwear and flipflops to walk in. Not wise in hindsight!
I’d definitely recommend visiting Akumal Beach if you’ve got a spare day to see some tropical creatures in their natural habitat. Even if you don’t pay for the tours like us, you can roll out your towel and enjoy a few hours in the sun for free.
Just make sure you get there early to avoid the big tours!