Google maps has dubbed the stretch of beach from the Grand Bahia Principe resort complexes all the way up to Turtle Bay as the “Akumal Trail”.
It’s not exactly a trail, in the fullest sense of the word. It’s the beach. It’s sand. It’s not a well paved path. And I’m not even sure you can actually get from one end to the other (GBP to Turtle Bay) walking exclusively along the shore (but hey, correct me if I’m wrong please!).
Nonetheless, the Akumal Trail happens to be one of the prettiest spots to walk in all the land.
In case you weren’t already aware, Tulum is HOT. The site of the Tulum ruins seems to be even hotter, somehow. After a morning of exploring this ancient Mayan city (which we totally recommend doing on your own, sans tour operator!) you’ll no doubt be hankering for somewhere to cool down and grab a refreshment.
If you’ve foregone the guided tour option and are exploring the area on your own time schedule, marvelous. Now you have time to check out the Santa Fe Beach. Just a short walk from the ruins. Continue reading →
Looking for an off the beaten path joint to kick back and enjoy an exceptional Caribbean view in Akumal? La Buena Vida, a super cool Mexican tree house bar, fits the bill to a T.
It’s located in a residential/vacation home area, close to Akumal Bay and Halfmoon Bay. Truly a great place to chill out after a morning of swimming with turtles. Or, y’know, swimming without them… Continue reading →
Seeing the coastal Mayan ruins in Tulum is at the top of many people’s must-do lists when visiting the Caribbean side of Mexico. In particular, the Quintana Roo state. Because of this well-known fact, tours are offered and advertised seemingly everywhere. But at an inflated price.
To book the half-day tour through our hotel in Akumal (some 30 minutes from Tulum), we would have had to fork out over $65 CAD. EACH. Continue reading →
Akumal Bay is a beach in Mexico famous for the opportunity to swim with wild endangered turtles. In all the cities and towns nearby (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, etc.), you’ll notice tour operators advertising these snorkeling excursions.
Always on the lookout for a way to save some money and still get the most out of my vacation, I figured I would attempt a DIY turtle swimming excursion. Continue reading →