This freshwater lagoon (open to the sea on one end) is located at the far end of Half Moon Bay, north of the town of Akumal. Rent snorkel gear as well as a locker at the entrance; the lagoon is open to snorkelers daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Use sunscreen sparingly—because of the lagoon's uniquely fragile environment, even biodegradable lotions can leave residue that collects on the plants. For sun protection, a wetsuit or dark t-shirt and shorts help reduce exposed areas.

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Review of Yal Ku Lagoon

Parks and Outdoors Review of Yal Ku Lagoon

Away Travel Editor: Pieter Van Noordennen
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Nature,Sustainable Travel
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  • Put biodegradable sunscreen on your back. Due to the profusion of marine life in the lagoon, only eco-friendly sunscreens are allowed. And under the hot Mexican sun, your back will punish you for not wearing it.
This natural lagoon is one of the best places to swim with the fish. Located in the quaint beach town of Akumal, about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, Yal Ku is a shallow rock basin located where underground freshwater rivers meet the open

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Parking: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Price: $6 adults, $3 children under 12

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Price Information: $6 adults, $3 children under 12
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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