One of the things on my wish list, when we went to Mexico, was to swim with turtles. I had done some research before we left home, and was pleased that Akumal Beach was so accessible to where we were staying. When we arrived, it was just as I'd imagined, a gorgeous sandy beach which was surrounded by tropical trees, and the turquoise sea, lapping gently on the dazzling white sand. One thing that had impressed us with this part of Mexico was the obvious care they showed for the environment – here was no exception! We were greeted by a warden, who asked us if we would attend a video, which would instruct us about the coral, and also the turtles. We agreed to watch it. It was very informative. The Mexicans were so Eco friendly. They were determined that the coral shouldn't be damaged, so you had to wear a life jacket when swimming, so that your feet never touched the coral. We were also told never to touch the turtles either. The sea area had been divided up into zones. Some zones you could only access if you had a guide. I decided to go with the guide, to make the most of my day. We were given masks, flippers and snorkel. Soon we were swimming out towards the reef, knowing that our expert was with us. He took us to places where we could admire the tropical fish, such beautiful colours, and all shapes and sizes. We swam over stingrays, and also swam with turtles! It was amazing to see these graceful creatures swimming effortlessly below me. I loved it! It certainly was a dream come true, and it's highly recommended! You do need to be a fairly confident swimmer though!