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Akumal, Mexico Affordable Activities

You don't have to break the bank to have a great time on the coast. Throughout the Riviera Maya there are many fun, low cost activities. Here are Loco Gringo's favorite cheap things to do in the Roo.

Cenotes
For a small entrance fee (usually 10 to 50 pesos) you can enjoy one of the most beautiful features of the Yucatan. Cenotes are natural, fresh water sink holes usually located on the jungle side of the highway. Our favorite cenote is Azul located between Akumal and Xpu Ha. Pack a cooler and enjoy a picnic.

 

5th Avenue, "the Quinta"
Take a stroll or grab a bench seat on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen for hours of fun people watching.

 

Xcacel Beach
This undeveloped, public beach has been a locals' secret for years. Located south of Akumal off highway 307 between CD Chemuyil and Xel-Ha, this beach is wide and sandy with no rocks. On a windy day, the waves make it an ideal place for body and kite surfing. Xcacel also has a path on the south end that leads to a secluded cenote. Go on a week day and you will be one of the few visitors. Be sure to bring an umbrella, plenty of water and snacks as there are no services and very little shade on this beach. There is sometimes an entry fee of 20 pesos depending on whether or not the security guard is in attendence.

 

Sian Kaan
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.3 million acre wilderness area with miles of remote uninhabited beaches and jungle. Perfect for undisturbed bird watching. There is a check point at the arch where you must stop, register and pay a donation of 20 pesos. Again, be sure to pack water and snacks as there are no stores or services in this area.

 

Snorkeling
It's right outside your door, great exercise and doesn't cost a thing! The sea is full of wondrous creatures and beautiful shells - the experience changes every time and who knows what you might find? Snorkeling right in front of the condo in Half Moon Bay is wonderful. The Bay is protected by a reef so that waves do not break on the shore and the Bay remains mostly calm and has great visibility. The water here is never very deep. One can easily swim right out to the reef (about 40 meters) and follow it in a southerly direction. There is some great coral areas and many different kinds of fish. You never know what you will encounter. Akumal Bay, which is less than a mile away is an awesome beach with great snorkeling. There are about 30+ sea turtles that live in the Bay and feed on the grasses. It is easy to see these amazing creatures so don't miss them. We advise that you not bother them but viewing is certainly fine. Our CEA (ecological office) is located on Akumal Bay & can give you up to date info on the turtles.

 

Puerto Aventuras Marina
Pack up the kids and take them to watch the dolphins, manatee and rays frolicking in the marina. While interacting with these amazing sea animals costs over $100 per person, watching them is completely free!

 

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