Last month, the Loco Gringo crew booked a sailing trip out of Akumal for the annual company Christmas party. We had all done this catamaran tour before with visiting friends and family but had forgotten how much fun the Robinson Crusoe Sailing Adventure really is. With jobs, growing families and daily responsibilities, even those of us living in paradise can forget to take time out to enjoy life. We were certainly reminded that, without a doubt, this was one of the coolest excursions in the Riviera Maya.
We gathered at the Akumal Dive Shop at 9AM on a sunny Sunday morning. We brought the extended Loco family (kids and spouses) and all loaded up on the boat, everyone anticipating fun and adventure on the high seas! Capitan Angel was ready for us with a cooler full of drinks (beer, water, sodas). All the kids piled on the trampoline of the boat and held on. They shouted with delight as they spotted sea turtles swimming under the boat as we pulled out of Akumal Bay. The adventure had begun.
The winds were a bit high that day adding to the adventure. The kids were having a blast getting splashed by the waves and the boat was speeding through the water. It was a wonderfully warm December day in the Mexican Caribbean and everyone was all smiles. The boat crew were the perfect hosts, getting us drinks, baiting fishing lines for anyone who wanted to try their luck as we sailed to the very special place known as Chemuyil Beach.
Chemuyil is a small cove south of Akumal Bay with a sandy beach and no development. It’s road entrance is closed to the public, the only access is by the sea or walking the along beach. The snorkeling here is sublime. We passed the morning and early afternoon enjoying all in one day some of the best activities in the Mayan Riviera; fishing, sailing, snorkeling the gin clear waters, swimming in the warm sea, beach combing, beach volleyball, sunbathing and just hangin’ with amigos. While we played the day away, the crew cooked for us a delicious fresh seafood lunch. Fried fish, ceviche, guacamole, pico de gallo, tropical fruit and tortillas.
Around 2 in the afternoon, we all boarded the vessel and headed home to Akumal. On our way back, one of the kids picked up a fishing pole and to our surprise caught a huge fish. There was some debate, but I think we all settled that it was a mackerel. A perfect ending to a perfect day. As we all said good bye back at the dive shop where we had started, we all agreed we needed to do this more often and promised we would.