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Old 07-25-2012   #16 (permalink)
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Cheap excursions?! No problem. I've never taken a collectivo out of Playa, but you can ask anyone or do a search where to locate them. You can take them to Akumal and rent snorkel gear at the dive shop, or go a little bit further south on the collectivo and go to Tulum pueblo where you can catch a taxi to the beautiful beach for about 60 pesos. Stop and grab food and drink to bring with you for the beach or go to a beach club, which can be pricey. Busses also go to Tulum from Playa and are inexpensive. There are ruins at Tulum but get there early to avoid the heat and crowds. I think they open at 8 or 830 and entry is maybe 50 pesos? Fantastic eye candy! The pueblo is not near as busy as Playa, but worth exploring.
You can also go to Puerto Morelos for good snorkeling, 250 pesos for a boat ride to the reef and back. The reef area is protected there and there is a govt fee included in the price. The town there is laid back and a nice break from the bustle of Playa.
A day trip to Isla Mujeres can be a blast. The ferry is maybe 120 pesos pp and you can rent a golf cart for 500 pesos and tour the whole island or not rent and just hang out on the north end's beautiful beaches. This maybe would be a "splurge" day but if you haven't been to Isla it's worth checking out. Very different from Coz.
Take advantage of the AI you stay at and make a bag lunch and always bring water for your excursions. Check the bus schedules and take a trip inland. Rent a car for the day (500 pesos) and explore beaches and pueblo's. Don't hesitate to ask for suggestions from the person sitting next to you, a local or a tourist. I always pack a collapsable cooler which has saved me mucho bucks over the years.
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Thanks so much!! I think we really want to do that day trip to Isla Mujeres. We've heard great things about the beaches there.. as well as Akumal.
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I can't help with the collecto, as we rented a driver for the day and had them take us to Tulum and Akumal. We did it thru this site, and the service was awesome and not overly expensive.
What site was it?
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Pick up the colectivo on Calle 2 between Ave 15 & 20.

Thanks Babaloo.. So do we pay on the bus? Or is there a stand to buy a ticket?
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The site you are on right now. Click on the trip planning tab.
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Emily - you pay the driver when you get off. 30 pesos per person. He'll let you off at the pedestrian over pass. - You walk over the highway to the other side of the street then just follow the path until you reach the beach - there will be people asking you if you "want to swim with the turtles?" Just keep on walking and say "no gracias" unless you want to pay for their tour. Plop your stuff (towel etc) on the beach and go snorkle.
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The site you are on right now. Click on the trip planning tab.

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Here's the overpass - you'll catch the northbound colectivo back to PDC here also.

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Emily - you pay the driver when you get off. 30 pesos per person. He'll let you off at the pedestrian over pass. - You walk over the highway to the other side of the street then just follow the path until you reach the beach - there will be people asking you if you "want to swim with the turtles?" Just keep on walking and say "no gracias" unless you want to pay for their tour. Plop your stuff (towel etc) on the beach and go snorkle.
Venturing out on our own seems so scary to us since we dont know the area.. but we've read how easy it is for everyone. I think we're going to put our big boy pants on and do this!!!!

Is there a schedule for the buses.. or do they run like every half hour or something?
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Look up ADO bus. Oh, and you really won't need those "big boy pants". Getting around is easy and fun! Surrender yourselves!!!
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For the collectivo, there isn't a schedule. You just go there and tell them you want to go to Axumal. They will fill up the van and off you go (and I do mean fill up the van)...lol

Once you pass over on the overpass, you will walk like 5-10 mins. You will see a hotel with an arch in the middle. Keep going pass the arches and I believe its the dirt road veering toward the left, the one on the right hand side leads to the hotel. Its pretty easy and you will love it!!
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As LucyE said, there is no schedule, but they do come along the Highway about every 5-10 minutes or so....really ya don't have to wait that long - except maybe from "take off" spot in PDC where they wait for the van to fill up. And yes they do cram people on

Here's more info about the colectivo......granted the pic in this is old

What is a Colectivo : TravelYucatan.com

Seriously, it is a very easy and economical way to travel around up and down Highway 307. Have fun.......Oh P.S. I'm sure your hotel reps could help you out with this too
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Emily, you have gotten some great advise from others here - I would just add that when you ask for Akumal, ask for "Akumal Playa". This means akumal beach - and distinguishes it from several resorts with Akumal in the name that some may assume you meant. The best suggestion I can give you to help you get comfortable with this and the area in general is to purchase a map from Mapchick - cancunmap.com-Maps and travel guides.Your information source to Cancun,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres & Riviera Maya. For $10 each, I don't know why anyone would ever come to this area without one. They are WAY more than maps - they are the perfect vacation guides. For this purpose (traveling the coast by colectivo), buy the map "Riviera Maya". With this map, you can follow and track the colectivo and know exactly where you are which will give you confidence about your destination. I would also buy the PDC map also, but for this purpose RM is what you need. You will never feel lost, and you will gain more knowledge from this map than many repeat visitors. Have fun!!
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Emily, you have gotten some great advise from others here - I would just add that when you ask for Akumal, ask for "Akumal Playa". This means akumal beach - and distinguishes it from several resorts with Akumal in the name that some may assume you meant. The best suggestion I can give you to help you get comfortable with this and the area in general is to purchase a map from Mapchick - cancunmap.com-Maps and travel guides.Your information source to Cancun,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres & Riviera Maya. For $10 each, I don't know why anyone would ever come to this area without one. They are WAY more than maps - they are the perfect vacation guides. For this purpose (traveling the coast by colectivo), buy the map "Riviera Maya". With this map, you can follow and track the colectivo and know exactly where you are which will give you confidence about your destination. I would also buy the PDC map also, but for this purpose RM is what you need. You will never feel lost, and you will gain more knowledge from this map than many repeat visitors. Have fun!!

Everyone on here has been awesome and super helpful. I'm more excited than nervous and can't wait for this vacation to get here.
I NEED this map!
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YES - mapchick maps are THE Best! - Until you receive them, I copied a Google earth link for you. You may want to zoom out a bit so you get an idea of the akumal area. I think this link starts right out in front of the arches of Akumal.

akumal, MX - Google Maps
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Just got our confirmations for both hotels.

32 more days and 787 more hours. <-- a little much. LOL

Since the hubby and I are staying at Club Yebo for 4 days and we'll have a small kitchnette. Does anyone know, besides Mega, where we could get ice close by? Or even small deli stuff like bagels and eggs?
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