Mexico’s Riviera Maya is picture postcard perfect. Golden sands, turquoise seas, palm trees swaying in the Caribbean breeze. It’s one of our favourite places to go on a family vacation. Our children are now 9 and we’ve been coming here since they were 6. You can read about why we keep returning to Mexico in this post about Tulum. One of our favourite things to do is head to Akumal Beach, about 15 minutes from our hotel by taxi. Akumal is a pretty bay with white sand, clear warm waters fringed with palms and is famous for its turtles. Mexico has the world’s second largest reef but you don’t have to head out in a boat or go scuba diving here to see these wonderful sea creatures. Get your snorkel gear on and swim out straight from the beach for great views of the turtles feeding on the sea grass.
Snorkelling is one of my top vacation activities. I love to look down and see the underwater world below. You can bring your own snorkel gear, hire it on the beach or you can hire a snorkel guide and this is what we tend to do as it makes it much easier with children and you see a whole lot more!
We’ve hired a snorkel guide from Akumal Dive Shop when we’ve been here.The shop is right on the beach, they have lockers and showers and all the snorkel kit including life jackets, which must be worn when snorkeling here. The snorkel guide also pulls a rubber ring which children can hold on to. This means that you aren’t constantly checking where your children are – they are holding onto the ring with the guide, leaving you free to swim alongside and explore the seas below.
Another advantage of a guide is that they know the best spots to take you to for maximum snorkel sights!
Within an hour on our recent snorkel trip we had seen about a dozen turtles, a barracuda and several rays, as well as lots of other colourful fish.
Later in our vacation we travelled to Cozumel and went snorkelling on some of the reefs there and didn’t see anything like the sea life we saw at Akumal.
When my daughter and I went back in on our own later in the day, we again saw turtles and I’ve seen rays snorkelling on my own there before.
As well as the sealife, Akumal is a beautiful beach popular with locals and vacationers alike. There are plenty of palm trees for shade and a good restaurant, Lol-Ha, under a thatched dome for a lunch or drinks stop. On our recent visit some friendly locals at the beach had offered us drinks, food and use of their brand new snorkel gear within 5 minutes of sitting down under the palm tree next to us – such friendly people!
Akumal Beach is pretty much one of my most perfect vacation destinations, beautiful views, abundant sealife and the clear waters of the ocean. Life doesn’t get much better!
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