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Akumal Beach

Drift away on the gentle currents with turtles and rays at one of the Riviera Maya’s most relaxing beaches.

Located in the Riviera Maya, Akumal Beach is 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Cancún on Mexico's Caribbean Coast. Relax on the beach’s powdery white sand and swim in the clear, tranquil water protected by an offshore reef.

In the Mayan language, Akumal means “The Place of the Turtle,” called so for the turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches here once a year. The warm, shallow waters and palm tree-lined bay make the beach an ideal destination for human families too!

In this quiet swimming bay far from the partying crowds, relaxation comes easy. Find a deck chair under one of the many cabanas and unwind with a good book and an ice cold cerveza (beer) or freshly made fruit juice.

Sail, fish, kite surf, visit the ruins and swim in the nearby cenotes (sinkholes). Pull on some flippers and swim with barracuda, stingrays, manta rays, and green and loggerhead turtles. The waters are usually crystal clear, making the area ideal for exploring with an underwater camera.

The turtles are a special feature at Akumal Beach. Less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the north is the Centro Ecologico de Akumal (CEA) where researchers work to protect the marine environment and the turtle population. Many of the local hotels, diving organizations and independent marine tour operators are working with the CEA to ensure the protection of these magnificent sea creatures that come to the shores once a year to lay their eggs.

Akumal Beach is a great base to explore the Riviera Maya but, with its laid-back resorts, restaurants, bars and dive shops, there’s little need to venture away. If you do decide to explore the nearby ruins, cenotes or nightlife of Playa del Carmen, simply hail a taxi or colectivo, or rent a car.


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Lodging Near Akumal Beach

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Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 458 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Hekab Be Biblioteca and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only $400
    Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

    Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

    Carretera Federal 307, km 254 600, Akumal
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 173 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Akumal, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Yal-ku Lagoon, and Aktun Chen. Xel-Ha Water Park and Dos Ojos Cenote are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hotel Akumal Caribe $144
      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hwy 307, KM 104, Akumal
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 156 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within a 5-minute walk of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Hekab Be Biblioteca are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Oferta!!!!!!terrazas de Bahia Principe
        Oferta!!!!!!terrazas de Bahia Principe

        Oferta!!!!!!terrazas de Bahia Principe

        , Akumal
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Akumal, this property is close to Akumal Beach, Hekab Be Biblioteca, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Yal-ku Lagoon.

          Come Find Your Bliss in our Brand New, Upscale Condo in Tao Residences
          Come Find Your Bliss in our Brand New, Upscale Condo in Tao Residences

          Come Find Your Bliss in our Brand New, Upscale Condo in Tao Residences

          , Akumal
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 2 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this property is close to Hekab Be Biblioteca, Akumal Beach, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Yal-ku Lagoon.

            Luxurious Ocean Villa Steps From Akumal Bay - Brand New Beach Club Now Open
            Luxurious Ocean Villa Steps From Akumal Bay - Brand New Beach Club Now Open

            Luxurious Ocean Villa Steps From Akumal Bay - Brand New Beach Club Now Open

            , Tulum
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              This beachfront property is located in Akumal, close to Akumal Beach, Hekab Be Biblioteca, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Aktun Chen.

              Que Onda Hotel
              Que Onda Hotel

              Que Onda Hotel

              Caleta Yal-ku, Lote 97, 77760 Akumal,, Akumal
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Akumal, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Akumal Ecological Center and Half Moon Bay are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Mayan Riviera Ocean Villa - Rooftop Terrace With Ocean View. Beach Club Now Open
                Mayan Riviera Ocean Villa - Rooftop Terrace With Ocean View. Beach Club Now Open

                Mayan Riviera Ocean Villa - Rooftop Terrace With Ocean View. Beach Club Now Open

                , Akumal
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 7 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the waterfront, this property is close to Akumal Beach, Hekab Be Biblioteca, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Aktun Chen.