Hello everyone! It's been a really long time since I've logged on and posted here. My family is now living in Akumal pueblo for the next few months. So if anyone has any questions about pueblo life, feel free to ask away
So, you will likely quickly gather that since my family is staying in the pueblo, we're on a limited budget. So, the Akumal that we were used to when coming here on vacation years ago is a little bit different world than what we once knew. All of that being said, we've observed that getting onto Akumal Bay is WAY different than it used to be. Once you pass through the arch, there are huge shipping containers lining the path in front of Mexicarte on the right where the dirt road leads to Lol Ha. The only way to get to Lol Ha, Mexicarte or the Dive Center (if on foot) is to walk through the lobby of Hotel Akumal Caribe. All foot traffic is funneled down to the road (heading toward Half Moon Bay) and is directed to enter through the "puerta principal" where it is a $100 MXN entrance fee for anyone that does not have a local ID.
Is this really the only way to "legally" get onto Akumal Bay? Do we really have to pay every time that we want to go spend the day on the beach with our kids?
I understand that this is totally catered to all of the people that are bussed-in for tours and I'm sure that the money is being used to protect the turtles. This really wouldn't be a big deal if we were just here for a week (and we were able to budget accordingly), but it just sucks that we are kind of caught in between because we are living here but not actually residents.
If anybody has any useful advice, it would be greatly appreciated! We just want to be able to ride our bikes over and spend some time on the beach without having to pay $15 bucks every time :)
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