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Beauty and the Croc - Playa del Carmen

Beauty and the Croc

Yal-Ku Crocodile.

It's a beautiful lagoon, in the north end of Akumel and is much smaller than Xel-Ha, and much cheaper. About 6 bucks a person. Don't expect food and lockers to store your things. The only place to lounge is on the rocks, although there are a few benches too. What a bad time to be without a water camera.
Lots of fish, especially around the staircases to the water There are a few islands too. We were watching an Egret on one of the small islands, when my boyfriend noticed, and pointed out to me, what he believed to be an iguana. UM, it wasn't an iguana...it was a 4 foot long CROCODILE. The bird made a slow exit and we were transfixed, with awe and with trepidation. How could there be a CROCODILE not 15 feet away from us?? Not wanting to turn our backs, we told the few other swimmers about it, and no one wanted to get as close as we did. The croc sometimes bared his teeth, sometimes closed his mouth, but never moved. Lucky for us. We just have to believe that this is not an every day event at Yal-Ku but please be aware of it. Upon telling the managers, they spoke among themselves, asked its size and then told us that he never bothered anybody. I have a hard time believing anyone has trained a croc...this is no way ruined my day, it was quite exiting, but we did get out of the water after another 10 minutes of nervous snorkeling.

Update August 2005..
We have heard of one other person who saw a croc right around the same time as we did.
It has been reported that it was relocated

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 3, 2005
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Beauty on the beach - Playa del Carmen

Beauty on the beach

Away from the crowd at Akumal Cove Akumal Review

The further south you drive, the less popuated it becomes. Yet you would hardly know this due to the huge facades on the highway announcing that you have reached another sprawling development. In Akumal there are a lot of houses, a few hotels and one of the nicest beaches between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.
The water was warm, the people were all so HAPPY. There was a family, a couple and two sons aged possibly 6-10 who simply snuggled with each other as they stared at the ocean. No ice chests, no towels, no fighting, just the four of them together. They must have sat like that,changing positions for an hour. It was one of the nicest things I have ever seen. Maybe they were always like that, but I owe some of it o the beach.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 7, 2003
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The beach at Akumel - Playa del Carmen

The beach at Akumel

Akumal beach Akumal Review

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  • Written Dec 7, 2003
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Boats at Akumal - Playa del Carmen

Boats at Akumal

Akumal Boats Akumal Review

After 9 days of great seafood and mayan and mexican food, we had a hankering for some good old fashioned Hamburgers. LOL-HA on the beach at Akumal were INCREDIBLE.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 7, 2003
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View from the Temple - Playa del Carmen

View from the Temple

Sian Kan Biosphere Sian Ka'an Review

You have to take a boat here. And you can catch one just inside the ruins at Myuil, south of Tulum. 25 dollars a person a guide will take you though the huge lagoons and narrow canals used by the Maya to tranport goods about a zillion years ago.
It's a small boat. We did see a crocodile. Maybe he was guarding a temple..ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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The temple on an island - Playa del Carmen

The temple on an island

Sian Kan Sian Ka'an Review

Here's the temple. You can't see it in the photo, but after our encouter with the crocodile we were amazed to see that that carving on the temple was of a crocodile!

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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Sian Kan Croc - Playa del Carmen

Sian Kan Croc

Hiding Crocodile Sian Kan Sian Ka'an Review

I was so upset that I never got a photo of our close encouter with a Crocodile at Yal Ku, I though I was going to get luck this time. He went under the water. Maybe you can see his shadow.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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Sian Ka'an - Playa del Carmen

Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an Sian Ka'an Review

Here is our guide for our trip around the Sian Kaan Biosphere. What do you think, 18? His english was very limited, so is our spanish, but we still got some info. this is our boat pulling away from the temple in the lagoon.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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Mayan Canal at Sian Ka'an - Playa del Carmen

Mayan Canal at Sian Ka'an

And you can swim too Sian Ka'an Review

Part of the guided tour of Sian Ka'an is swimming in the canals. you take these Mayan canals from one lagoon to another.
By now you know that we saw a crocodile.
then we stopped at the temple a couple of minutes later. Before we got back in the boat our guide told us we could swim. LOL. Hadn't we just seen a croc? He told us now that it was getting overcast the croc would stay in the reeds and we would be downstream.
I don't know why this all sounded so REASONABLE on vacation. So In we went.
You would not think there was a current, but there was...the guide turned off the motor and guided the boat right behind us with a pole, which i am sure doubles as a croc smacker...just in case.
It really was amazing until my nerves/better judgement got to me after about 10 minutes.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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just you and this - Playa del Carmen

just you and this

Sian Ka'an All to yourself Sian Ka'an Review

When you are out there it's just you and your guide.
and the crocs.

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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