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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 C$605
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 247 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).

    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
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 523 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

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

      Be Free - Relax in Mayan Paradise
      Be Free - Relax in Mayan Paradise

      Be Free - Relax in Mayan Paradise

      , Akumal
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

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

        Terrazas de Bahia Principe C$262
        Terrazas de Bahia Principe

        Terrazas de Bahia Principe

        , Akumal
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Akumal, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Half Moon Bay are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hotel Akumal Caribe C$203
          Hotel Akumal Caribe

          Hotel Akumal Caribe

          Hwy 307, KM 104, Akumal
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 178 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is just steps from Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Hekab Be Biblioteca are also within 15 minutes.

            Las Villas Akumal C$405
            Las Villas Akumal

            Las Villas Akumal

            Carretera Cacun-Tulum Mz 11 K104 Lote 1, Akumal
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 256 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Akumal villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive C$265
              Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive

              Grand Bahia Principe Tulum - All Inclusive

              Crta Chetumal - Cancun Km 250, Akumal
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 925 reviews
                3.5 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.

                Villa Maly by Villas HK28
                Villa Maly by Villas HK28

                Villa Maly by Villas HK28

                Akumal Trail, Yodzonot, Akumal
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Akumal vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).