Akumal is called the Bay of the Turtle for a reason. In the thickets of sea grass snorkeling just inside the bay you will be in awe of the wondrous Green Sea Turtles swimming next to you. The most magical moment of the trip was diving down and swimming alongside this graceful reptile. You can even stroll the beach at night during the summer and see hatchling sea turtles make their way to the shore line to start their life in the salt water only to return to have hatchlings of their own. This place is an amazing getaway to immerse yourselves in the turtles and stay away from commercialism.
Culture and experiences
Surrounding the bay there are many ruins to tour to learn more about the Mayan and Aztec history! The Coba ruins are one of the last that you can climb and its in the middle of the jungle. Great experience!
Chichen Itza is not far enough to deter you from going! It is one of the New 7 Wonders of the world! Just be sure to get there early to get ahead of everyone else who wants to observe this wonder! Another pro tip! When you get in front of the Temple face the Hole at the top and clap. The sound echoing mimics the call of the Quetzal a native bird with jade feathers that was more valuable than gold to the Mayans!