A quick update on a couple of things. Just before our arrival last Saturday, we had received word that Akumal Bay was being closed to the commercial snorkel tours for the entire month of February, in order to alleviate some of the ecological pressure. We only made it down to the Bay one time this week, but it appeared that the tours have in fact been stopped...no gauntlet of snorkel guides to fight through out on the street and no hoards of day trippers wearing red floatation devices! Our one snorkel in the Bay was hassle-free (just had to enter south of Lol Ha, go finless, and avoid the buoyed areas...we were pleased to spend some quality time with a couple of pairs of turtles). Wish that the snorkel tours could somehow be stopped permanently!
Some have asked about the road conditions down to Punta Allen. We didn't drive the entire road, but did travel from the Sian Ka'an Arch to just north of the Boca Paila bridge (we enjoyed a great all-day boat tour through the lagoons down to Punta Allen, starting south of the old CESIAK location). Saw a crew starting work on the road just north of the Arch; however, the road south was still in pretty bad shape (took us about 45 minutes to get from the arch to our panga boats).
All in all, a fantastic week in paradise! The weather was almost perfect and Akumal was relatively peaceful. The only downside...the sargassum really rolled in the last few days, creating some huge piles along the beach in the center of Half Moon Bay.