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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

Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal
4.3
of 5, from 440 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Akumal Ecological Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$718
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 151 reviews
5.0 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).

$165
Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hwy 307, KM 104, Akumal
4.3
of 5, from 145 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within a 15-minute walk of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Hekab Be Biblioteca are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$178
Las Villas Akumal

Las Villas Akumal

Carretera Cacun-Tulum Mz 11 K104 Lote 1, Akumal
4.4
of 5, from 244 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Akumal villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Akumal Beach, Akumal Ecological Center, and Hekab Be Biblioteca. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Que Onda Hotel

Que Onda Hotel

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

Situated in Akumal, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Akumal Ecological Center and Half Moon Bay are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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

Camino de Tao, Akumal
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is within a 15-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

Carretera Federal Cancun - Tulum Mza 11, Akumal
4.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Aktun Chen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive

Crta Chetumal - Cancun Km 250, Akumal
4.0
of 5, from 839 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Grand Bahia Principe Tulum overlooks a lovely beach with turquoise blue water. Many sights are a short drive away. With only 20 minutes to Tulum, 35 to Playa del Carmen, and just over an hour to Cancun, guests can discover the treasuries of the Quintana Roo region.