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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$744
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 281 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 539 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).

      Hotel Akumal Caribe C$243
      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hotel Akumal Caribe

      Hwy 307, KM 104, Akumal
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 187 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.

        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$265
          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).

            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

            , Akumal
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 12 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Akumal, this historic villa is close to Akumal Beach, Hekab Be Biblioteca, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club.

              Vacation Home near Ocean by Olahola
              Vacation Home near Ocean by Olahola

              Vacation Home near Ocean by Olahola

              Carr Fed Cancun, Tulum km 104, Akumal
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach in Akumal, this spa vacation home is close to Akumal Beach, Hekab Be Biblioteca, and Akumal Ecological Center. Also nearby are Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club.

                Las Villas Akumal C$204
                Las Villas Akumal

                Las Villas Akumal

                Carretera Cacun-Tulum Mz 11 K104 Lote 1, Akumal
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 258 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).