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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.

Get the most out of your visit to Akumal Beach. Here's a list of some of the best things to do:

For more activities, have a look at our Akumal things to do page.


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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, QROO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only CA $599
    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
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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-Há Park and Dos Ojos Cenote are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hotel Akumal Caribe CA $230
      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hotel Akumal Caribe

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

        Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is just steps away from Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Casa Coral - Luxury Condos CA $152
        Casa Coral - Luxury Condos

        Casa Coral - Luxury Condos

        Fracc Akumal Caribe Lote 5, Mza 11, Akumal, QROO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Akumal, this condo 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 miles (3 km).

          Las Villas Akumal CA $202
          Las Villas Akumal

          Las Villas Akumal

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

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

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

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

            Jade Bay, lote 5, Akumal, ROO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this historic villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              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 Ocean D2, Akumal, QROO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Akumal, this golf holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 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 holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km).