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Want to make the most of your vacation on the Riviera Maya? Tap the Reef Resorts staff for insider tips on the hottest things to see and do. Whether you're a fan of history, outdoor adventure, sport fishing or spa days, our team has the inside scoop on the experiences that will make your stay extraordinary.


Turtle Time

August 01, 2016

Playa del Carmen offers some of the best ecosystems to get to know the locals up close and personal. For turtle fans, Akumal Bay is a great place to start, and it’s only a thirty minute drive from our Playacar resort.

Located just off the pristine white shores of the bay, the crystal clear waters allow the perfect visibility to see reefs, fish, and, of course, turtles. Swim alongside these ancient creatures and watch them twirl, flip, and munch on the sea grass at the bottom of the bay. Akumal Bay Turtles are friendly and quite used to tourists ringing their doorbells, so they won’t shy away from you if you get too close. There are a few ways to see the turtles, either by yourself or via a guided tour. Guided tours will tell you about the history of the bay, offer some fun facts about turtles, and provide snorkeling gear, but these tours often come at a steep price. If you have your own gear and care primarily about the experience rather than education, going it on your own is your best option.

If you got it alone, feel free to get as close as possible, but remember to be respectful! You are, after all, a guest in the water. Be friendly and don’t try to hug or hold the turtles, as you might scare them! Just be content with swimming next to them as they guide you through their home. When your fingers are pruned, relax on the bay’s beaches for a breather before driving back to town. Head back to your room at the Reef Playacar to shower, and then head out to the coast to get a bite to eat at one of Playa del Carmen’s many local restaurants.

Address: Akumal Bay Dive Center, Carretera Federal Cancun Tulum 307, 77750 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico