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Old 01-06-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Playa del Carmen to Akumal

We will be in Cozumel next week on a Princess Ship. We plan on taking the UltraMar to Playa del Carmen, walk around town a bit, then go to Akumal for a few hours. How should we get there...taxi?....Rent car???
How's the weather for next week...perfect as usual???
Thanks for any input.

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Old 01-06-2005   #2 (permalink)
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taxi will be easiest, you'll want to make the most of your time, instead of wasting 2 hours renting/returning a car just for a few hours

check out the "Read More" tab at the top of the web page for taxi rates

Akumal is way cool
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At the bus station I cheched and the bus trip costs mx$13 to Akumal and departs every hour, maybe I will give it a try this days.

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Hi,

We took a collectivo (communcal taxi, minibus style thingy) from Playa to Xhel-Ha and passed Akumal on the way down, certainly cheaper than a taxi.

The taxi would have cost around $100 for the round trip. The Collectivo was $10 and no problem at all. Ask for the Collectivo station in Playa (a street corner really) where you should be able to pick one up pretty quickly. Shout out when you get to where you want to stop on the highway and make sure you can recognise the collectivo's to flag one down on the way back. (Not sure I would attempt it in the dark!).

Hope that helps although if money's no option then a taxi is a wee bit easier!

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taxi one way should be about $20-$25 w/ tip
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I vote for the collectivo, it is way cheaper than a taxi & have used it every time I've gone to Akumal.
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I think scott's recommendation was based on how much time the people would be there.

By the way, minnow, what were you expecting to see in Akumal? You may be able to get a similar experience closer to PDC. Even in a taxi, you're talking about an hour total in travel time.
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collectivo to Akumal

Our family of 6 went to Akumal via collectivo last week. From Playa del Carmen -We took a collectivo on Calle 2 y avenido 15th? behind police station. You tell the guy where you are going - be clear. The collectivo drivers did not speak any english . (We took several collectivos on our holiday and we did end up doing some walking because we were not clear with the collectivo driver - walking in the heat along the higway is not fun but an adventure)

The Akumal entrance gate at the highway does not Actually say Akumal - I think it mentions the name of a beach club. Darn I should of taken a photo. I had a map and knew the general area that I wanted to stop. I figure that the collectivo is worth the adventure and if all else goes wrong there are always taxis along that road from PDC to Tulum

The walk into Akumal is short - go to the dive centre - rent snorkel gear and go out snorkeling right in front of dive shop - no need to walk for miles. along the wall you will see stripped fish, some bright yellow, beautiful coral etc or hang out among the palm trees near the dive shop with the local families and enjoy.

I talked to one lady who saw many turtles right in front of the dive shop.

After wimming and snorkeling and laying in hte shade of the palm trees, we took a walk to half moon bay and stopped at a really funky restaurant "the buena vida - good life" Beautiful location!! the restaurant was closed - new year's day so we kept walking and stopped at the only corner store in Half Moon bay , bought beer and snacks and enjoyed it on the beach behind the corner store overlooking Halfmoon bay. very nice...

At the end of day we walked back out to highway, waved to collectivos going by and eventually one that has room will stop.

I always made sure to be at the highway around 4:30 p.m. so i would not be flagging down a collectivo in the dark.
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Or catch a bus there and a colectivo back- may be easier because the bus station is right on 5th and hard to miss.

I would say Akumal is a great choice to go to mainly if you are planning on going snorkeling (to see the turtles! ) from the main beach- otherwise I think you might be better off to save the one hour travel time and stick to Playa.
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I think scott's recommendation was based on how much time the people would be there.
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exactly... off the ferry and in a taxi heading south in 5 minutes. There are usually a couple of taxis hanging out at the Archway/Super Chomak store at Akumal Bay, so catching a ride back is not a real problem either. I went thru this scenario last January, when I sent my parents on a cruise, I could have saved money on the collectivo, but the time goes fast when you have to be back on the boat by 4:00 pm. They caught a taxi at Calica (dock) and were in Tankah in 30 minutes, total cost was $80+tip but the taxi stayed with them the whole time in Tankah for convienience. By the fare chart, it would have been at least $70 to be dropped off and picked up later by another taxi in Tankah
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