General News · 3rd January 2010
Richard & Carol
A ferry from Isla Mujeres, a bus from Cancún, and we’re standing on the freeway in the heat of the day where the bus dropped us outside the Pueblo of Akumal with still a few miles to go with three suitcases and 3 shoulder bags. The “colectivo” we flagged down wouldn’t take us because of the luggage and suggested a taxi. A mexican group in a van helped us “flag” a taxi and we were on our way South to Aventuras Akumal. With our penciled directions we found the casita and the caretaker’s casita, but nobody home. Luckily, the door to the casita was unlocked and the key inside.
We settled in but no food for dinner and it was dark. We hitchhiked a ride from neighboring guests who were going to Akumal Pueblo looking for supper. Being New Years day, most things in the town were closed. We crossed the overpass and went to Akumal Playa where there were plenty of palapa restaurants open and soon there were hoards of people dinning. After a hearty dinner with deep fried vegetables and salad for Carol, we found a mini super market, stocked up on things for breakfast, and took a taxi back to the casita.
Although the taxis were necessary and abundant, they were twice and triple the fares we had grown accustomed to in Mexico. We vowed to investigate alternate forms of transport. In the morning, we walked 10 minutes out to the freeway and noticed a colectivo passed both ways every 5 or 10 minutes. (colectivos are independently owned passenger vans that carry people along for a fee of 10 to 20 pesos, -whereas the taxi was 100 to 120 pesos.) Car rental is out of the question as the only rental place had none and would have charged 1000 pesos a day anyway. Bicycles on the freeway was out of the question too. We could not find anywhere that rented a scooter, so colectivos for now.
Our Casita, pictured here, is on the beach, just behind the main house. The beach is private for the most part and has reef not to far out that breaks the bigger part of the swell. It has wonderful sand and the water is clear and warm. Inside the casita we have most of what we need, including Satellite TV but as of yet no internet.
Eager to get snorkeling we borrowed fins from the caretaker. He has quite a stash of them. The hotel two doors down supposedly has the best coral and fish right out from it. The waves are quite choppy with a swell, but with difficulty we got past the shore surf and into slightly deeper water. I was eager to head to the reef line and surged off. When I finally looked back I realized Richard was much further away and closer to the shore. Things started to look interesting and I finally spotted a huge coral formation with piles of broken coral all around. Fish all around. Much larger and of different varieties than I had seen before. When I looked back I saw Richard finally and he was exiting the surf. Oh well, I guess I had better go back and see what’s up. More snorkeling adventures to come.
We plan on going to Playa Akumal for a calmer snorkel, a bit busy but it will give us more experience with the wildlife in a slightly tamer environment. It is supposed to be amazing. We may see a turtle. Lots of emphasis on environment, which is good considering the large number of people there. They even recommend no sun screen unless environmentally compatible, no dogs, no umbrellas, no touching any coral or turtles. We were pleased to see the strict rules as we had been appalled by the behavior of tourists using the Avalon beach on Isla. Some brits were catching the small fish and letting them go with their wounds. As this was a snorkeling beach It was a bit of a free for all. No attempt at regulating the beach users behavior.