Gate48 is located near the town of Akumal, which is home to the subject of today’s blog: the Yal Ku Lagoon. This place is an inlet from the ocean where salt and fresh water mix, and is a renowned snorkeling spot. Located amidst a gorgeous environment this place is home to sea turtles, tropical fish and manta rays, barracudas, and parrot fish, making it the ideal place for a day of snorkeling. Its shallow waters (3-12ft/1-3m) are sheltered from waves and currents, while the site is consists of a network of channels fringed with rocks and mangrove swamps.
There is a small area of rocky pools that is close to the entrance, easily accessible from shore. If you swim forward from here you will reach the heart of the lagoon and deeper waters. Part of the lagoon nearest the ocean has a strong current and is recommend for experienced swimmers, whereas as the back the water is clearer and calmer.
Yal Ku Lagoon has bathrooms, change-rooms, and lockers. They rent snorkel equipment and also have life-jacket for those that wish to use one. Outside food and drink is not permitted, but they have a a snack bar inside.
As a guest of Gate48 you are in luck because Yal Ku Lagoon is easy to get to. Take the main road into Akumal from the highway, when it hits the beach. you will have arrived at the Yal Ku Lagoon. Enter through the main entrance, past the entrance arch and then keep to your left until you see the sign directing you where to go.
The price of entry to the lagoon for an entire day is 14 dollars per person. Please be aware that sunscreen and mosquito are not allowed in the park, so don’t forget to pack some non-biodegradable sunscreen.
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