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Akumal Beach
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Half Moon Bay which includes a sandy beach, a coastal town and tropical scenes
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.

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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Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal, QROO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $356 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Nestled on the beach, this Akumal property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (856 reviews)
"Nice property, rooms have great views of the beach, but not that there is not a lot of privacy in bathroom area, just glass doors to shower and toilet area that don’t go all the way to the ceilings! Buffet food was about same as a cruise buffet, specialty restaurants were better but the steak house ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, km 254 600, Pueblo de Akumal, Akumal, QROO
The price is $464 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Akumal, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from Xel-Há Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dos Ojos Cenote and Tulum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (658 reviews)
"The staff and workers were the most friendly! The check in process was the quickest and best we have ever had. We loved all the dinner and eating options as well. The very best part was the silent disco!!!!"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
Akumal, ROO
This family-friendly Akumal apartment building is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Yal-ku ...
4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)
Clean, quiet, convenient
"Overall we really enjoyed our stay here, but there were some issues. The bed is incredibly hard and uncomfortable. I think this is mentioned in other reviews, I just didn’t expect it to be *so* hard. The casita is very clean, but seems to have a problem with bugs - most likely due to the large gap ..."

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
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Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal, QROO
The price is $356 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, km 254 600, Pueblo de Akumal, Akumal, QROO
The price is $464 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
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Beautiful & Cozy Space in Half Moon Bay in Akumal - Wifi, AC
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, ROO
The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya
Villa ONE Step From THE Beach
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Akumal, ROO
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Alma Rosa 4BR Villa I Akumal
Alma Rosa 4BR Villa I Akumal
Akumal, ROO
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Find Your zen in This Beautiful Beachfront House
Akumal, ROO
Find Your zen in This Beautiful Beachfront House
Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and Steps Away From Beach by Olahola
Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and Steps Away From Beach by Olahola
Akumal, ROO
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
3 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, Km 250, Bahia Principe, Casa Ocean D2, Akumal, QROO
Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.