On the far side of town, away from the beach, the majority of the residents in Akumal live peacefully away from the tourists. It's not a fancy area. In fact, one man told us that we were on the "wrong side of town." Without the ocean views, most tourists don't make it over here.
When I first arrived, I felt nervous about busting out my balloons to twist for the kids. However, it just took one hat before the kids came running.