Keep reading for a look inside this year’s International Turtle Day at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya!
Akumal means “Place of Turtles” in the Mayan language. Akumal is a small bay located south of the Riviera Maya corridor, between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
At Secrets Akumal, we are excited to share that Akumal Bay was recently declared a protected refuge for sea life including three different species of turtles by the Mexican Government.
There are two species of turtle that visit Akumal beach every year during the nesting season, which spans from May until November. These two species are the Loggerhead Turtle and Hawksbill Sea Turtle. The third one, the “Green turtle” lives here all year long.
During this period, the turtles come out of the sea to nest in the beach, where they lay their eggs and return to the sea.
Secrets Akumal takes the following measures to ensure nest and turtle protection:
- Placing wood stakes with rope around the nest to make sure it is visible to everyone and people avoid stepping on it
- Placing signs that indicate there are turtle nests in that spot
- Notifying local authorities who record the number of nests in the bay
At Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya we work together to create awareness of the importance of this beautiful marine species!
If you visit our bay in the future, don’t forget to be kind to our turtle friends!
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal, fuses elegant and original design with nature’s elements. Rated as one of the “Top 10 Beaches in Mexico” by TripAdvisor® and with a name meaning “place of the turtle” in Mayan, Akumal is renowned for its beautiful beaches and green sea turtle population making this oasis a premium snorkeling location. This stunning new resort offers adults a charming, picturesque escape complete with an exceptional Unlimited-Luxury® experience.