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Half Moon Bay | by Seth Patterson
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Half Moon Bay

I just returned from a trip to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, along the Caribbean side of the Yucatan peninsula. We flew into Cancun and then drove south to the small coastal community of Akumal.


Unfortunately the weather wasn't quite cooperating and for the first four days of our trip the ocean was exceptionally turbid with extreme currents. I did venture out a few times from the shores of our condo into Half Moon Bay for photo sessions but the conditions were far from ideal and left me wanting for clearer, calmer waters...


Luckily Yal Ku lagoon was right around the corner and offered a nice peaceful reprieve from the open Caribbean as were several inland cenotes. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to spend more time exploring the reefs around Akumal but the next leg of our trip, down into the Sian Ka'an preserve, provided lovely water and an incredible healthy coral reef to explore.


This photograph is from one of my forays into Half Moon Bay, looking back across thick gardens of soft corals (gorgonians) to some of the villas and condos along the shore.

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Taken on December 20, 2011