Akumal is a great little town half-way between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It's easy to get there on the collectivo, and is worth a visit for the snorkelling AND the food.
We headed down to Yal-Ku for some snorkeling first. It's a great lagoon with lots of colorful fish, including a huge, grand-daddy parrot fish and one or two patrolling barracuda. Admission is only $12 and you can easily enjoy yourself for hours. Snorkeling is hungry work, so after we left we headed to La Buena Vida for some lunch. It was half-way between the town and Yal-Ku; about a 10 minute walk.
La Buena Vida had a fun, beachy vibe. The tables were under palapas set on the sand, right beside the beach at Half-Moon Bay. They had a swing bar and palm-tree houses for enjoying a few beverages up in the breeze. It was a windy day, so we decided to take a table on the sand rather than 12-feet up. It was so relaxing to sit and look out over the crystal clear bay and watch the pelicans fishing.
I ordered the shrimp and fish ceviche. It was delicious and fresh with a squeeze of lime and a half avocado. The serving was huge, and even with Trev's help I couldn't finish it all.
Trev ordered the fish tacos (and shared one with me). It was also a tasty dish with lightly seasoned and battered fish, served with tomatoes, onions and shredded cabbage salad. My mom ordered the grilled fish version, and enjoyed hers too.
Jill had a steak & bean burrito. It was enormous! The steak was tender and really tasty. Despite her best efforts, she didn't finish either. I blame it on all the delicious fresh chips and salsa that restaurants serve before your meal comes out...how can you resist?
I don't remember exactly what my dad had, but I know there was a salad involved. It had tomatoes and fresh grapefruit segments (I think). Anyhow, all I know is that everyone enjoyed their meal. My mom even said this was her favourite place that we ate at during the trip. After a delicious and very filling lunch we walked the rest of the way into Akumal and went snorkeling with the sea turtles in the bay. What an amazing day!