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Centro Ecologico Akumal

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Km 104 Carretera Puerto Juarez-Tulum, Akumal 77730, Mexico
+52 984 875 9095
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Reviewed yesterday

Probably best for kids, it is a neat experience but there are other better ones around. The touts and pushy sellers are not a great part to have here, I'm a tourist not a bank so back off. One guy got slapped by my wife...More

Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 1 May 2018

I went to Mexico in 2016 with my husband and had a wonderful experience swimming with the turtles and snorkeling in this beautiful beach. Unfortunately, I just went back earlier this month and the experience was terrible due to all the people selling tours as...More

2  Thank Paola M
Reviewed 23 April 2018

a beach full of people and a lot of swimmers following some "well trained" turtles ! it's not worth the ticket

Thank Alberto P
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Nice area to see the turtles and fish. Does get crowded after 11am so early. We were actually at Secrets which provides snorkeling equipment but many people come in through the town of Akumal.

1  Thank tmcq
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We went to Akumal beach several times over the years and swam with the turtles, But now they have all kinds of workers stopping you on your way into the beach to try to get you to pay to swim with the turtles,. They kinda...More

Thank Collette L
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Loved the place but hate seeing how people disturb animals in their natural environment. This is not a zoo or an aquatic park.

Thank MarieLelene
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Other than the beach being extremly busy and very packed, it was a great first time experiencing snorkeling in the crystal clear waters! We seen 2 big turtles, a 5 foot barracudda, all kinds of fish and a mantaray! Had a great day!

Thank Kristyn L
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Take the local collectiva to the main overpass at Akumal, walk towards the water for 10 minutes, when through the main entrance, keep right to the beach. No more Fins allowed anymore here due to the fins damaging the grass. They have a couple of...More

Thank Krazy_Kanuks
Reviewed 27 January 2018

They use to have a bigger office on the beach with an educational center. I stopped in last week and it is now the Akumal Dive Shop. CEA has moved across the street and has a much smaller office. However, their water and sea turtle...More

1  Thank TravelTalkDeborah
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Did the snorkelling here and although they limit the amount of people at a time it’s still way too busy. People also still stand on the shallow reef sections and sea grass (which the turtles feed on) and little to no enforcement on it. Doesn’t...More

2  Thank Andrew J
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Michele G
4 April 2017|
Response from EmmaMaryBrown | Reviewed this property |
I think it's the time of year you are going because it's breeding season. We went early October and there were no restrictions.
23 August 2016|
Response from Michael L | Reviewed this property |
I would love to help you, but I don't know what event is being discussed here. I know that CEA organizes a lot of events throughout the year.
22 May 2016|
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Response from Michael L | Reviewed this property |
When I did my research back in 1995, they female turtles came to the beach all summer long (June-August) to lay their eggs; during this time, many of the turtle eggs that were laid earlier that Summer (say May) hatched, and... More