Fodor's Expert Review Akumal Bay
Known for the sea turtles that swim in its waters, Akumal Bay is sheltered by an offshore reef—sadly only about 30% of it is alive. It's best to explore the waters with a certified guide available through dive shops in town. A M$122 conservation fee is tacked on to all tours. Do not wear sunscreen in the water as it can harm the reef, and, above all, do not touch the wildlife or coral. Be careful to stay clear of the red "fire reef" since excessive contact can be fatal. When you drag yourself away from the snorkeling, there are plenty of palm trees for shade, as well as a variety of waterfront shops, restaurants, and cafés. If you continue on the main road, you'll reach Half Moon Bay and Laguna Yalkú, also good snorkeling spots. Amenities : food and drink; lifeguards; water sports. Best for : snorkeling.