Small Town Life, for a Day
Visit the quiet town of Akumal just an hour outside of Playa del Carmen. Known, in part, for its endangered green sea turtles, the area offers another opportunity to enjoy unique wildlife. Its name literally means “Place of the Turtle” in a Mayan language. Trade in the human energy of Playa for a quiet day in the ocean with an assortment of fish and stingray. You’ll feel closer, and more appreciative, of nature and creatures that surround you.
After a long day’s swim, treat yourself to eclectic comfort food at the Turtle Bay Cafe. The restaurant offers fresh smoothies and juices in addition to sourdough flatbreads, grouper tacos, zucchini bread, season fish with your choice of preparation, and more. Its bar offers happy hour from 4–6 PM Every. Day. 2 for 1 margaritas and mojitos? Yes, please.
To see animals out of the water, check out the monkey sanctuary. Learn about the diversity of the species and get a lemur to jump on your lap. Goats, macaws, and boa constrictors also populate the venue. Get your camera ready.