Swim with Turtles at Akumal
Akumal is Mayan for ‘Place of the Turtle.’ They nest here from May to November, although you can find them outside of this season. You can swim with turtles just a few meters from the main beach shore.
Some locals will say that a tour and life jacket are mandatory; they will insist on life jackets although you don’t necessarily need a tour (you can find the turtles yourself).
Akumal’s coastline sprawls between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It has a local and residential vibe. You can find holiday houses to rent, affordable beachfront hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and long natural beaches that rival Tulum’s.
You can rent snorkeling equipment, although it’s almost the same price to buy a set. There are several places to snorkel in Riviera Maya, so it pays to bring your own set from home or buy one when you arrive. To preserve the area, fins are banned, so leave those behind.
If you’re driving, head to Km104 on Carretera Federal Cancun-Chetumal; if you catch a mini bus (colectivo) or public bus (Ado), ask to get off at Akumal bridge (puente). If you want to volunteer, check out Centro Ecologico Akumal.