Akumal Beach

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Half Moon Bay showing tropical scenes, a beach and a coastal town

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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Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive
Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carr. Cancún - Tulum KM 252, Akumal, QROO
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The price is CA $251 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riviera Maya Golf Club, Akumal Beach, and Xcacel Beach. Half Moon Bay and Akumal Ecological ...
3.7/5 Good! (197 reviews)
"Very good hotel for family vacation."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - 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 CA $645 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Akumal, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from Xel-Há Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dos Ojos Cenote and Tulum ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (767 reviews)
"The grounds were amazing!"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2021

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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 CA $404 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Nestled on the beach, this Akumal property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Beach, Akumal Ecological Center, and Hekab Be Biblioteca. Half Moon Bay and Riviera ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Excelente customer service and beautiful beach 🏝"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2021

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
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Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive
Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carr. Cancún - Tulum KM 252, Akumal, QROO
The price is CA $251 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - 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 CA $645 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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 CA $404 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal - Cancún, Km 250, Akumal, QROO
The price is CA $680 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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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
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Zona Costera K256, Akumal, QROO
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Villa ONE Step From THE Beach
Villa ONE Step From THE Beach
Akumal, ROO
Villa ONE Step From THE Beach
Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola
Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola
3.5 out of 5
Carr Fed Cancun, Tulum km 104, Residencial Tao Ocean, Casa D3, Akumal, QROO
Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal 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.