Spend a day in contact with nature
Playa del Carmen boasts 16 extraordinary beaches. Some are isolated and surrounded by coconut trees, while others, located just a few meters from the coral reef, are perfect for observing marine wildlife. The latter is the case of Akumal, a designated sanctuary for marine species.

This beach is located 37 kilometers (23 mi) from Playa del Carmen's downtown area and is an important spawning and nesting area for green and loggerhead turtles. For a long time, Akumal could only be accessed by sea, which allowed these species of chelonians a safe seabed on which to grow. As such, when you dive into the water, you'll see turtles, young and old, eating seagrass not far from the shore.

This natural phenomenon has been regulated since 2017, in an effort to avoid the deterioration of their habitat. A certified guide must accompany you into the ocean and groups of more than six people are not allowed. Short fins, a snorkeling mask, and a life jacket are mandatory and you're only allowed to stay in the turtles' grazing area for five minutes. You must be sure to stay at least three meters (10 ft) away from the turtles at all times and, if one swims by you, make sure not to touch it, chase it or hold it, or you will be asked to leave.

Take into account that the activity is suspended each year in September, in order to protect the turtles' courtship and mating process. During the remaining months, excursions are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
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Playa del Carmen boasts 16 extraordinary beaches. Some are isolated and surrounded by coconut trees, while others, located just a few meters from the coral reef, are perfect for observing marine wildlife. The latter is the case of Akumal, a designated sanctuary for marine species.

This beach is located 37 kilometers (23 mi) from Playa del Carmen's downtown area and is an important spawning and nesting area for green and loggerhead turtles. For a long time, Akumal could only be accessed by sea, which allowed these species of chelonians a safe seabed on which to grow. As such, when you dive into the water, you'll see turtles, young and old, eating seagrass not far from the shore.

This natural phenomenon has been regulated since 2017, in an effort to avoid the deterioration of their habitat. A certified guide must accompany you into the ocean and groups of more than six people are not allowed. Short fins, a snorkeling mask, and a life jacket are mandatory and you're only allowed to stay in the turtles' grazing area for five minutes. You must be sure to stay at least three meters (10 ft) away from the turtles at all times and, if one swims by you, make sure not to touch it, chase it or hold it, or you will be asked to leave.

Take into account that the activity is suspended each year in September, in order to protect the turtles' courtship and mating process. During the remaining months, excursions are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

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