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Akumal, Mexico – Day Trip Awesomeness

Akumal Beach, Mexico

Nestled between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this little jewel (whose name means “place of the turtles” in Mayan) is just a short colectivo ride from either city. Overpower a small child, take their snorkel gear, and head to Akumal, Mexico – one of the best day trips we’ve taken thus far.

Palm Tree on Akumal Beach

Once you’ve acquired your snorkel gear, you can claim a shady spot under one of the many palm trees and get swimming with these magnificent endangered creatures. Although, since the water is not as clear as other parts of the Caribbean you need pay extra attention as to where you’re swimming or might ‘pull a Shaun’ and damn near collide with turtle while it’s munching on some grass. First a manatee, now a sea turtle? I seem to have some kind of magnetic connection with endangered species.

Sea Turtle, Akumal, Mexico

Should you be unable to overpower the children (kids are strong these days), there are multiple places for you to rent snorkel gear on the beach. There is no fee to swim with the turtles, just a lot of rules so they don’t close the beach to tourists (since there are so many accommodations near Riviera Maya), so you can still make this a very cheap excursion.

Lucy's Kitchen, Akumal, MexicoNo trip to Akumal should be completed without a trip to Lucy’s Kitchen. Here you can get reasonably priced fish or shrimp tacos that are the best I’ve ever had. Seriously effing good. Also be sure to try their homemade ice cream and your day will end on a heavenly note.

Hide your kids, or at least their snorkel gear, as spending at least one day in Akumal is a must.

(Picture below of the BEST FISH TACOS IN THE WORLD!)

Fish tacos from Lucy's Kitchen in Akumal
Battered, fried fish with mango salsa and a chipotle mayo.

19 thoughts on “Akumal, Mexico – Day Trip Awesomeness”

  1. Damn! Those are some great looking fish tacos. I’m dying to get to a tropical destination like Akumal; I’ve never been anywhere like this. Though, I prefer stealing my snorkel gear from old ladies (I find it’s less perverse).

    1. @ Randy – Yeah, I can see your point… but old ladies tend to attack you with purses, umbrellas or bingo boards whereas kids just stand there and cry.

  2. Can you believe I’ve never had a fish taco?! The ones above *do* look like the best ones I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in a photo 🙂

    You guys have increased me itch to snorkel again with all the snorkeling you’ve been doing! I don’t think I’ll have another chance this summer (alas) but I can’t wait to go again.

    1. @ Heather – These tacos were so good that we made a 2nd stop in Akumal on our way back down through the peninsula. Although, starting with tacos like these will greatly skew your thoughts on what fish tacos should be. The first time Erica and I tried sushi was in Japan and it was made fresh by our host family (with veggies from their garden and everything). Now, our sushi expectations are rather difficult to satisfy.

    1. @ Evan – I’ve only been away for a few weeks (after multiple trips there) and I’m going through withdrawls too. D:

  3. Great post guys, I have been here in Mexico for four years and currently live in puerto vallarta. I have never been to Playa del carmen or tulum but your post definitely just put it on my Mexico bucket list. Thanks keep it up

    1. I love Puerto Vallarta (but I do love Sayulita even better!). The Yucatan is a completely different beast for sure. I love both sides!

    1. How was it?! I’m glad we can highlight places like this so people can find info online. We heard through word of mouth – we can only hope everyone visits!

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