Fifty years ago, a Mexican aquatic archeologist named Pablo Bush Romero (1905-1998), "rediscovered" Akumal as he was looking for the wreckage of the Spanish merchant frigate, Nuestra Senora de Matanceros (1741). He loved Akumal so much that he bought the property from a local land-owner and established Akumal as a diver's enclave.
Myrna Bush (a daughter of Pablo Bush Romero), is producing a video about the discovery and founding of Akumal, titled "AKUMAL - HALF CENTURY AGO - The Rescue of Matanceros." View the trailer - http://vimeo.com/3993300
I get asked all the time, "What must I absolutely see/do while in the Mayan Riviera?" Here's my list (in order of importance).
Must See/Do 1. Tulum Ruins (Do NOT miss out on going down the stairs to the beach and PLAYING IN THE WATER for a while! The sand is soft and the waves are fun!) 2. Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue (Go at night – the temperature is better and it is a lot of fun!) 3. Akumal Main Bay (Snorkel with turtles!!!) 4. Coba Ruins (Rent the bicycles and ride around the ruins! And climb the pyramid!!) 5. Cozumel (Take the ferry from PDC…snorkel, eat, etc.)
I am a native Southern-Californian who grew up barefoot and bikini-clad!
Mayan Riviera Gringa combines my three loves:
1) The Ocean
2) Spanish/Latin Language & Culture
I hope to "share the dream" with you!