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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/22 10:19:27 (permalink)
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Curious to know. Is the entry fee to Yal-Kul $14 for an adult? I thought I saw that somewhere.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/22 12:13:23 (permalink)
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Yes, $14 adult.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/23 09:24:43 (permalink)
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Yal-Ku is neat. That said, I have to marvel at "old days" when we drove right up and just jumped right in, no one there, to take a fee or otherwise. Apologies for the memory, just struck me with the fee now.  I'll add we have gone back and paid the fee a couple time years later :)

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/23 09:24:44 (permalink)
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/23 13:06:31 (permalink)
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I was there on our first visit to RM 7 years ago and it was $4 so more than triple the price in 7 years is pretty steep but its all supply and demand. Maybe they will preserve the lagoon longer by reducing the traffic. I would be willing to pay to snorkel Akumal Bay if it was guaranteed to protect the Bay.
I'll be there with my daughters and a few of their friends for the first time in April. Who knows when they will be back and what the RM will look like then. It hard to put a price tag on an experience which might not be around 10 years from now. We pay $11 to go watch a movie so it's all relative.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/24 12:44:13 (permalink)
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Good points, Shawn

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/28 09:43:05 (permalink)
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Anyone down there today?  Please update when you get a chance.  THANKS!
 
 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/28 10:10:33 (permalink)
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We just returned home last evening from our annual week in Akumal and it was nothing less than perfect (we stay in a condo on HMB).  No issues whatsoever with road closures or beach access.  Everything was the same as always and we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest extent.  The statue is still on its side at the entrance but I guess they'll get that figured out. Akumal Bay snorkeling was about the same as last year (lots of snorkeling tours) but the turtles are still there, easy to see, and the coral seemed to be in better shape.  No one harassed us on the beach or in the water.  A cool front moved through mid week which shifted the wind direction around for about 36 hours, allowing us a beautiful snorkeling experience on HMB...gorgeous, healthy coral, tons of fish, and even a few rays.  It was rare to see it that calm; a few people were even paddle-boarding that day :-).  I could go on in more detail about our trip (great pizza at Taverna, still-fantastic pasta at Que Onda) but I'll stop.  All in all, a very relieving trip back to wonderful, peaceful, paradise that is Akumal.  PS:  Husband just reminded me the only downside was the loss of Las Tres Acapulcenas. No one did coconut shrimp like they did.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/02/28 16:39:41 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you had a good trip Cathie9!
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/12 13:00:07 (permalink)
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Hi we had great time from February 17 to March 2/16.
We had a very scary moment when I had an email from Riviera Maya grocery saying they couldn't get in to HMB.
Contacted Kay Talked with Riviera Maya grocery.The next day road opened to one lane and the groceries delivered. We where set for the whole two weeks.
When we pulled in there is only one lane it was at night there was a fire going on the block lane and it was very intimidating.
chain-link fence black plastic and barbwire my guess would be that they're building something behind all that security.










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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/12 16:48:34 (permalink)
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We did indeed pay $14 last week to enter Yal Ku Lagoon.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/12 21:45:17 (permalink)
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Statue was down on 3/7 and tonight on my way to listen to Natalie perform at Lol Ha, it was erected.  


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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/13 16:57:11 (permalink)
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Tot, how was the crowd at Yal Ku Lagoon? What day and time did you go, and how was the marine life? 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/14 14:18:12 (permalink)
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It was March 3, around 3PM. The rain ranged from light to moderate, so it was not crowded.  I was alarmed that I did not see any angelfish.  There were lots of varieties of parrotfish and butterflyfish.  Of course there were also many grunts and sergeant majors.  I was glad there were no lionfish.
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/14 18:06:40 (permalink)
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We went on Feb 19/2016 was very quite for a Friday .
Yes it was 14$ US seems high to but we had family that have never snorkeled before .
No angelfish but did see my first. EEL .

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/15 07:55:29 (permalink)
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Thanks for the update. Like to see the photo's.  I remember snorkeling in the Lagoon 5 years ago and seeing barracuda and a school of small squid along with a big variety of fish. I wish I had a camera back then. Looking to being back there in 15 days:)
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/15 09:13:00 (permalink)
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What's the latest on the beach access blockages?  I saw a picture on FB Friday showing a chain link & barb-wire fence; hope this was an older pic but it looked pretty recent.  I get that there are issues here, but there are more appealing ways to limit access other than the concentration camp motif they've chosen.  Regardless, we're still looking forward to returning in June.

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/15 13:31:25 (permalink)
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The old beach access is closed. The fence is new and still up.  I think the razor wire screams "welcome" don't you think? 
 
Anyhoo.. you can access the beach through the CEA property.  There is no fee to enter the bay and you are NOT required to hire a guide to snorkel as you may or may not be told when passing through CEA.  

 
 
 
 






 
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/15 13:34:39 (permalink)
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Interesting.  When we go we like to snorkel early before the crowds. If I arrive at 7 or 8 am is the CEA building open to pass through?
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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/15 15:59:50 (permalink)
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Thanks Wifey!
 
Shawn, I'd guess you could still walk between the CEA and dive center to get to the beach in the morning before the CEA opens. 

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/16 22:26:25 (permalink)
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i will check this tomorrow.  i will be running early and my usual route goes to the beach by CEA.

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/17 10:08:13 (permalink)
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No issue accessing the beach early in the morning.  Note that you don't physically enter the CEA building, you go beside it as Daren explains.

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Re: BEACH ACCESS CLOSED AGAIN 2016/03/26 11:09:43 (permalink)
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Anything new on access?
 

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