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2016/02/15 12:49:15 (permalink)
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BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN

Reports on TA forum that the bay access has been closed again because of illegal tour operators.  Anyone down there right now?
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g499445-i9177-k9266573-Beach_access_closed_and_trouble_starting_again-Akumal_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/15 13:19:29 (permalink)
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I have a friend down there now. She is supposed to leave tomorrow and is concerned about being able to get out. There are many pix and articles being posted on FB groups for Akumal.
 

 
 
 
 






 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/15 13:35:26 (permalink)
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It's my understanding that the (sandy) beach access is closed but folks can get to the beach through the CEA property.
 

 
 
 
 






 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/15 15:59:35 (permalink)
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The road is open to all traffic and it has been all day..   Foot traffic is being routed through the CEA center at the moment. 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/15 16:00:09 (permalink)
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I have a friend down there now. She is supposed to leave tomorrow and is concerned about being able to get out. There are many pix and articles being posted on FB groups for Akumal.
 


At this point she should have no problem leaving. 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/15 20:24:30 (permalink)
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^^ ^ key phrase above "At this point".   I'm worried what happens next.    This is not trending in a positive direction.

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 07:28:52 (permalink)
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I guess this is why I buy trip insurance.....
post edited by Jazzsmith10 - 2016/02/16 07:32:19
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 07:28:52 (permalink)
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 So sad to see this in such a beautiful place!  We are looking forward to returning in June for the first time in 3 years.  I hope this situation is resolved by then.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 07:36:33 (permalink)
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Jazzsmith10
 So sad to see this in such a beautiful place!  We are looking forward to returning in June for the first time in 3 years.  I hope this situation is resolved by then.


We've been going there for enough years that I can say with confidence that absolutely nothing can stop us from getting to the beach in Akumal.
 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 07:45:45 (permalink)
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Thanks for positive thoughts!

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 10:22:29 (permalink)
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Well, this is not good but we're leaving this Saturday for a week in Akumal regardless.  Very appreciative of anyone who could give an update on the situation today.  Thanks very much.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 11:23:56 (permalink)
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Good morning... the protestors had closed the road in the village of Tulum earlier this morning. At the moment the road in Akumal has now been closed to car traffic, foot traffic is still fine.  I will let you know more when we get it. 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 11:34:01 (permalink)
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Saw that too Kay.  Thanks for the update.

 
 
 
 






 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 12:11:36 (permalink)
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As long as I can get my sticky buns from Turtle Bay.....I would be happy.
 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 12:23:44 (permalink)
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Thanks for the updates Kay.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 21:08:53 (permalink)
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Well I'm arriving on Saturday for 12 days at Aventuras Akumal. I generally take the Collectivo to Akumal and walk to all my favorite establishments from the highway.  Hopefully they won't bother 1 thirsty Canadian looking for a few cervezas and margaritas. And maybe a taco or two. 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/16 21:39:23 (permalink)
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Currently on Half Moon Bay. My wife & I walked to arch yesterday around noon to find the statue of Gonzalo Guerrero tipped over and 5 or 6 police vehicles in the road in front of La Cueva/Turtle Bay. Many young local men/boys hanging around  Chomak with "Akumal Unidos" shirts on. Local workers seemed very upset about vandalism to statue. At that point, beach access to Akumal Bay was open, as was main road access.
 
Today, we walked to lunch counter and discovered main road (and beach access) were blocked. Protesters had blocked road to 307 by parking lots. Police were there but not removing blockage. Big back up by  Chomak. Was told that nothing could be done until government intervened. LBV closed early. Many travelers worried about getting out.
 
Our shuttle is scheduled for Thursday. Hoping we get out OK. Not trying to alarm folks. Just reporting. We have vacationed here for 10+ years and will be back next year. Hoping a solution can be found sooner than later?!
 
Any more news Kay?






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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 04:39:53 (permalink)
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I walked through about 5pm last night and had no problem from anybody.Later on there was alot of car traffic coming through in groups so i figure they must of been letting them through. I was told by a couple that came back from coba they let their car through after about a 15 min wait. Im here till the 24th so we will just have to wait and see what happens
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 07:48:34 (permalink)
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Morning traffic report!
All tourist traffic, employees y providers are being let thru in cars or on foot. They are only stopping snorkel tours. There will be no problem for tourist y homeowners to enter exit Akumal

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 08:35:07 (permalink)
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Sounds good to me!

 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 08:36:55 (permalink)
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Sounds good to me! Now if they could stop the tour boats.
 

 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 09:20:50 (permalink)
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For a little background for people who have been reading reports all over the web...
There is currently a group of demonstrators that are protesting the closure of a beach access that was been re routed through the CEA center. They did close the road into Akumal yesterday for 5 hours, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Foot traffic was allowed in and out throughout this time without issue. 

However, as of last night, the demonstrators have agreed that they will not hinder the activities of the guests and residents of Akumal. I believe this is due to the fact that they lost a lot of support by blocking access. So they have agreed to allow tourists staying in Akumal, residents of Akumal, and services to Akumal (water, food, gas, beverage trucks) unlimited access. They are only stopping outside snorkel tour groups from entering and exiting.

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 09:32:16 (permalink)
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Kay:  Cannot tell you how relieved we are to hear this today.  Rough night sleeping last night, thinking about the situation down there and preparing to leave for Akumal this Saturday.  Thank you so much for keeping us posted on the forum...it's really the only link we have to understanding how things are going down there.  Please update as you can, even if it's just to reassure things are stable.  Thanks again,  Cathie and Stefan in Kansas City...Akumal lovers til the end :-)
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/17 11:02:24 (permalink)
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Kay
They are only stopping outside snorkel tour groups from entering and exiting.




As it should have been from the start. Seriously, people? Hijole!


"Turn up the heat,
chill the rose,
stretch out on the beach
and let those metatarsals play"
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