When you think of swimming with the sea turtles in this part of Mexico, you think of Akumal Bay. No matter what time of day it is, chances are that you’ll be able to locate multiple sea turtles lazily swimming around in the bay a short distance from the beach.
The area draws thousands of tourists a year, the majority of which arrive via the small access road leading from the main highway. Some days, it can take several minutes to travel a short distance down that road because it is full of cars, pedestrians and tour guides attempting to flag down drivers.
The scene was very different yesterday when we headed to Akumal Bay to grab a bite to eat. When we pulled on to the access road, there were no tour guides waving at us, no pedestrians walking in the middle of the road and no cars lining the highway. In fact, there was only one other car traveling down the road at that time.
When we arrived, the restaurant was mostly empty and we sat down in the bar area overlooking Akumal Bay. Normally, both the bay and the beach in front of it are packed with people — but not yesterday. It was the perfect setting to enjoy some cold beverages and delicious cochinita pibil.
We’re accustomed to empty restaurants and beaches during the low season, which just began and extends until November; however, Akumal Bay is even quieter than normal due to a temporary government ban on snorkel tours that lasts until October, 1.
The good news is that tourists, residents and hotel guests can still snorkel and swim in the area on their own.
Let’s Wrap This Up
The low season is our favorite time of year here in Mexico. This is when we can enjoy all of the beauty of this area without having to deal with crowds or lines. It’s reason #1,652 to become an expat and live here full time.