Boy 84 degrees at 9:30 am??? What’s this day going to bring? Turns out it never got over that once the sea breezes started up. Anyway went to a park down the highway south of Akumal that I read about in a blog. It supposedly has a good beach and a cenote just off the beach. Looked forward to seeing this place. It’s not highly advertised like many of the other commercial locations where tourist frequent and drop $100’s of dollars. The blog post said to pay the guard $20 pesos, after traveling down the limestone road. Oh, and of course is rife with potholes and washouts. This country tests the suspensions and tires of all the vehicles that travel it’s roadways. What is so surprising is that you seen a lot of these small economical vehicles traveling the roadways. I just don’t see how they stand up to the beatings once they get off the main highway. And another thing one night I was coming home from Puerto Aventuras after a haircut I think and it had rained significantly, well these Mexican highways are not built to consider drainage. It would be uncommon to run into a sheet of water standing on the roadway that easily causes hydroplaning. Anyway I digressed.
Got through the gate (a plastic barrel set in the middle of the road) after handing over a “donation” of $20 pesos. The guard did mention no swimming on the right and swim only on the left. Odd I thought. Looked for some shade to park in since it had hit 84 degrees at 9:30 am, but honestly it didn’t seem that extraordinarily hot. Anyway found some partial shade under a tree.
Once I got on the beach, it was gorgeous as usual so I looked for a place to take some photos since I just recently found some more things this waterproof camera that I can’t get wet yet. Anyway here are some of the shots I took.
The surf was pretty rough and they had posted the beach on the right side with black flags meaning no swimming and a red flag on the left. I did notice not too many were in the water. Since I wasn’t going to get in that rough water. I must have looked pretty stupid carrying my fins and googles, but I thought maybe I could snorkeling the cenote that was supposedly here. Off I went down the beach in search of the path into the jungle for the cenote. On the way, in the distance I noticed what looked like two young boys frolicking in the waves but the closer I got it was apparent those weren’t boys. Topless chicks. Whoopy!! I’m setting up camp just on the other side of them while photographing the first surfers I’d seen since arriving here further down the beach. They got wise and one put their top back on.
So the dirty old man left looking for that path to the cenote. I did notice the waves were so rough the surfers were having trouble getting up and it didn’t take long before they gave up. Finally found what appeared to be a path into the jungle. Here is what it looked like.
Anyway after negotiating a rock path it opened up to a swimming hole in the jungle. There weren’t too many there, but it was obvious it had been discovered. After getting closer I was amazed at how clear the water was. The looking along the edge of the pool, you could see hundreds of fish 1 to 4 inches long. I moved pretty carefully since the walkway was paved with tree limbs covered in moss, but did find an open spot to drop my fins and don my mask. Fins not needed in this small pool. The water was cool but enjoyable. I think these cenotes are the secret of how the Mexicans cool off in the heat. I noticed an American looking couple and commented that it look like the hardest part is getting in and out. Moss and algae make things a little slippery and there wasn’t any real hand or footholds. Somehow I did manage to get in with out just falling in. As I said the water was clear to the bottom about 10 to 12 foot. Saw a lot of small aquarium fish and a school of guppies. This cenote was about the size of a big swimming pool.
I spoke with that American lady I saw earlier and she and her husband turned out to be from Vancouver and frequently come down here to escape the cold Northwest winters. She provided quite a few tips on where to go. Her husband was a firm believer in not drinking the water, as he had a beer in hand from the cooler he brought. I did comment to the Canadian lady that I didn’t seen any large fish in my once around lap of the pool with my snorkeling goggles. She said there were some large cowfish likely at the other end. Well, I had to look for them. No luck ended up siding on a rock ledge on the other end while being exfoliated by the little fish, that apparently women pay money for in spas these days. I got the job done for $20 pesos!
After emerging from the jungle to the beach again, I came across a couple sunbathing with their caps pulled over their eyes. Both were topless! At this point, I’m thinking I’ve discovered the Mexican topless beach because as I continued to walk there were countless numbers of young woman sunbathing topless. My lucky day!
Funny I didn’t see any topless women at the cenote?? Water must have been too cool.