Formerly a seaport and trading centre for the Maya people. In the year 1513, a Spanish galleon shipwrecked off its coast forcing seventeen sailors to be enslaved by the Mayans. Only two of these sailors survived their ordeal, one of these men, Gonzalo Guerrero, went on to marry a Mayan princess. Their union created the first “mestizos” Spanish-indigenous blood. Gonzalo so integrated himself with the Mayan people, he no longer considered himself a Spaniard. Today, a statue of Gonzalo Guerrero greets the visitor just past the arch at the entrance to the beach in Akumal.