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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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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only $405
Reviewed on Jun 8, 2019
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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

Carretera Federal 307, km 254 600, Pueblo de Akumal, Akumal, QROO
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    No reservations required for dinner, with the exception of hibachi. Portofino, Seaside, and hibachi grill were excellent! Didn't get the chance to try the mexican restaurant. The french restaurant was okay. Mosquitoes in room and around property.

    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
    Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019
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    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

    Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal, QROO
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This place is excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is always fresh and plentiful While they were fighting with the seagrass they kept up with it on a daily basis. Anytime we requested something they obliged. The beach is always clean and the water is spectacular. And the turtles.... ...

      Hotel Akumal Caribe $135
      Reviewed on May 27, 2019
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      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hwy 307, KM 104, Carretera Cancun-Tumul, Akumal, QROO
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice beach. Dive shop on location for guided snorkeling and diving. Sea turtles live in the bay.

        The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya
        Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
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        The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya

        The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya

        Akumal, Quintana Roo
           
          5.0 of 5
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          My wife and I were in desperate need of a week's worth of getaway time and we immediately seized the opportunity to go back to Isla Escape where we enjoyed a 4-night stay two years ago. Nothing had changed, and that was perfectly fine--exactly what we were wanting and needing. Jacob was again most ...

          Las Villas Akumal $112
          Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019
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          Las Villas Akumal

          Las Villas Akumal

          Carretera Cacun-Tulum Mz 11 K104 Lote 1, Akumal, QROO
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The grounds were beautifully maintained. With this "small-sized" resort seems to treat both employees and guests -- employees are all smiling and content and they go out of their way to see to the needs of the guests. So tranquil, quiet, and relaxing, but near enough to the main part of Akumal Bay ...

            Riviera Maya Haciendas - Villa Alma Rosa Beachfront, 8 Guests, Fully Staffed &A/
            Reviewed on Apr 13, 2017
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            Riviera Maya Haciendas - Villa Alma Rosa Beachfront, 8 Guests, Fully Staffed &A/

            Riviera Maya Haciendas - Villa Alma Rosa Beachfront, 8 Guests, Fully Staffed &A/

            Akumal, Quintana Roo
               
              5.0 of 5
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We had a two families together in the house for nearly a week. The bedrooms, common areas, pool are great. The staff was exceptional. They provided great food, service and a wonderful attitude across the board. Everything met or exceeded our expectations!

              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola
              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola

              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola

              Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, Km 250, Bahia Principe, Casa D2, Akumal, QROO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Akumal, this golf vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Half Moon Bay, and Riviera Maya Golf Club. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Ecological Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola
                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola

                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola

                Carr Fed Cancun, Tulum km 104, Residencial Tao Ocean, Casa D3, Akumal, QROO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this spa vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Riviera Maya Golf Club, and Half Moon Bay. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Ecological Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).