Day 5 in Akumal

The sky was very overcast and it looked like rain, but none was predicted. A cup of tea for me and a coffee for Jim, and off we went to the Dolphin Adventure in Akumal. I bought four coupons to swim with the dolphins at half price on Groupon and thought it would be something different and unique. Well, it certainly was different… The first part was a sales pitch to upgrade us from a dolphin “encounter” to a dolphin “adventure,” for only $20 US more per person, rather than $30 per person. Then, we could purchase the photo package for only $59 US. As hard as it was to refuse, we said no!

The “encounter “ consisted of us donning vests, removing all jewelry (dolphins like to take anything sparkly) and walking along the side ledge of the large tank to meet up with the trainer and two very happy dolphins. They jumped, caught thrown rings, came to us for rubs on their backs and put their bottle noses up to our faces for kisses.  No actual swimming ensued, at least not for us. A British family paid the big bucks to ride a boogie board on top of a dolphin. Whoopie! The water was barely tepid, so the shortened version of the experience was just fine. Sorry, no pix. We didn’t buy the package.

We then went into Akumal for a late breakfast. The Turtle Bay Club was just the place. With a large menu, we found something to eat. And, across the street was the Akumal Dive Shop, which was a definite destination for Jim.

About 20 years ago, Jim went diving in the Akumal Bay. He checked it out and, amazingly, the price for two dives was only $99 US, the same as 20 years ago! While at breakfast, I checked one of the home exchange sites we use and there was a beautiful house right on the Akumal Bay with 60’ of beach front. We decided to walk around and find it, but were unsuccessful. We would love to return early next year for a week or two and a home exchange could be just the ticket! I sent the owners a message.

The clouds disappeared as we walked. The high temps are only around 80, a little cooler than our high temps in Ajijic, but certainly better than up north. The beach was filled with families and adorable bikini-clad young women, as well as people learning to snorkel and dive.

We decided to park ourselves at a restaurant table on the beach, order some beverages and play bridge. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. As a perfect end to the day, we ordered a pizza to go for dinner and returned to the condo for a quiet evening.

Tomorrow, our last full day here, The plan is to go to the Tulum ruins in the morning, followed by another visit to Xpu-Ha beach. Next week is the start of the Easter holiday season, with the expectation of huge crowds visiting the beaches. The schools are closed, so no doubt there will be many families all over the resorts. Sounds like a good time to be heading home before the hordes arrive!

During dinner in the condo, I got a call from the home exchange owners here in Akumal. They invited us to see the house and meet them tomorrow in the late PM. Off to bed now…


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