Bacalar Lagoon

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Akumal / Yal-Ku Lagoon / Aktun Chen

WHAT ?

Akumal Beach
Akumal in the Mayan language means “Place of the Turtle ».
If you snorkel here, you just might see turtles swimming, but please don’t touch it, that’s prohibited by law. You’ll definitely see coral and beautiful fish in the clear, sparkling waters.
Akumal is famous as a destination for snorkeling, where visitors can swim with endangered green sea turtles, who visit the shallow bay to feed on sea grass.
The popularity of snorkeling has put environmental pressure on the fragile habitat.

Akumal is a coastal resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán Peninsula. Akumal Beach has white sands, a coral reef and warm waters rich in marine life, including turtles.

Yal-ku Lagoon
Yal-ku Lagoon is a popular shallow snorkeling lagoon with fresh & saltwater, it teems with colorful tropical fish, plus stingrays and barracudas.

Aktun Chen
Aktun Chen Parque Natural is known for its caves, cenotes (freshwater pools) and underground river.
Scenic rainforest park with an underground river for swimming, a zipline & cave exploration.

WHERE ?

Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community in Mexico, 100 km south of Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It is located in the Tulum Municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, and is part of the Riviera Maya.

Akumal Beach
You can get there from Playa del Carmen by collectivos ($2 each way), they will stop you on the highway and from there you have to walk to the beach (about 10min walking).
You can also get there by car or by taxi (around $20 each way).

Yal-ku Lagoon
Yal-ku Lagoon can be accessed from Akumal beach by taxi ($4 each way) or by car. It is about 10min driving or 40min walking from Akumal beach.
Open 9.00am-5.00pm
No Feeding Fish No Sunscreen Allowed

Aktun Chen
Aktun Chen is 4km south of Akumal, and 16km before Tulum, the entrance is close to the Hotel Bahia Principe and Dolphinaris
Open 9.00am-5.30pm(winter)7.00pm(summer)

HOW MUCH ?

Akumal Beach
You can search for turtles by yourself if you have the equipment to snorkel, or you can go on a tour provided by one of the two great dive shops in town. It is $40 USD per person.
The other option will be to go on an unofficial tour. If you stand on the beach, a local may approach you and offer to take you snorkeling on his glass-bottomed boat. It is usually $20 USD per person and includes snorkeling equipment.

Yal-ku Lagoon
Entrance fee :
Adults $14
Youth $10
Snorkel + Mask $5
Flippers $5
Life Jacket $5
Lockers $3

Aktun Chen
Cave : Adults $26 Youth $14
Zipline : Adults & Youth $38
Cenote : Adults & Youth $21

Bacalar Lagoon

WHAT ?

Bacalar and his seven shades of blue lagoon is just a magic town, perfect to snorkeling, swim or dive. The meaning in Mayan of the name Bacalar is “surrounded by reeds”.

You can leave Playa del Carmen in the morning and come back at the end of the afternoon, or you can spend a night there to enjoy 2 full days there.

Bacalar is the perfect place for families or friends, as you have restaurants, kids playground, kayak renting, 1h30 boat trip to visit the lagoon and others magic places around, the San Felipe Fort and museum is just breathtaking ( 30min visit ), the Bacalar Rapids with his colors from green to turquoise, you should visit Bacalar before it get too touristy!

WHERE ?

Bacalar is located 4 hours south of Playa del Carmen.

To get there you can go by car or take the bus ADO ( 7 to 15 us$ depending on the departure hour ).

HOW MUCH ?

The round-trip with ADO is between 15 and 30 us$ depending on the departure time.