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Akumal Travel Guide

Visit Akumal in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Things to do and vacation rentals in Akumal, Mexico.

Akumal is the oldest tourist development in the Mexican Caribbean, even before Cancun. From the end of the fifties of the last century, divers and explorers had their eyes on the Caribbean jewel of Akumal.

Akumal is formed by several Bays, the Bay of Akumal the main one, to the north is the Media Luna Bay (Half Moon Bay) at the end of which is the Lagoon of Yal-Ku. To the South are the Jade Bay and the South Bay.

In Akumal you can lose yourself on its endless white sand beaches, dive into its waters to discover its spectacular green turtles, bathe in the splendid Media Luna Bay, delight yourself with the tropical marine life in the Yal-kú Lagoon, or simply go through the small town and discover its old canyons that look out to sea.

There is accommodations for all tastes, from ecological and very small places to large luxury hotels, as well as an extensive variety of condominiums and villas. At the entrance to Akumal there is a small shopping center, a small self-service store, and several restaurants and bars.

Boats will also take you to the coral reefs a little further away from the beach, the experience allows you to get close with turtles, barracudas, rays and multicolored fish that accompany the journey between spectacular coral formations.

Akumal preserves its natural beauty and is the ideal place to take a rest and relax, but at the same time, you can do all kinds of activities such as sport fishing, diving, windsurfing and snorkeling among others. The coves are protected by the reef and by the island of Cozumel, so the waves are very soft. It is an ideal place for diving since the structure of its corals has cave formations in which a great variety of marine fauna inhabit. If diving is not your thing, just by snorkeling and getting into its calm and shallow waters, you can enjoy the great diversity of species that inhabit the reef.

2 km north of the Bay of Akumal, is the Yalku lagoon, which is an eye of fresh water that mixes with the sea water, and in its rocky area, a  lot of tropical fish, turtles and other species can be found, away from predators. The flora and fauna in Yalku also make it a place to enjoy nature.

From Akumal, you can visit places such as Kantenah, Xaac, where there is a Mayan shrine, the Aktun Chen natural park, the Cenotes Azul and Eden. And you can visit Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, thanks to its privileged location.

Weather in Akumal

The average annual temperature of Akumal is 25.9ºC (79 F), with January being the coolest month with an average of 23ºC (74 F) and August the hottest with 28ºC (82 F). The driest month is March and the rainiest is September, with an average annual rainfall of 1266 mm (49 in).

Visit Xpu-Ha

Just a few kilometers from Akumal, there is the beach of Xpu-Ha, a small paradise worth a visit and off the tourist radar.

Here you will find trails that allow you to enter the jungle and discover a mysteriously abandoned hotel hidden among the exuberant vegetation, and also see reptiles, raccoons, badgers, and birds of all types native to this area.

If you continue along the length of the beach you will reach a fantastic geyser that rises between a rocky strip that looks out to sea, and you will also discover small inlets ideal for dips and snorkeling.

Near the entrance to the beach there is a beach club that boasts a beautiful terrace facing the sea, lounge chairs, an area for beach volleyball, kayak rental and snorkeling equipment, attractive cabins for the night, and even attractive packages to get married on the beach in “rolled up” trousers where the waves break on the rock formations.

Things to do in Akumal

Tours and Activities in Akumal
Yal Ku Lagoon

Yal Ku Lagoon Snorkeling

Yal Ku Lagoon is a place that is perfect for beginner snorkelers and/or children. It's calm, tranquil, protected waters are home to thousands of juvenile […]
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Snorkeling with Sea Turtles and Cenote in Akumal

Explore the fascinating underwater world of Turtle Bay on a leisurely snorkel tour in search of 3 of the world’s 7 sea turtle species.

Vacation Rentals in Akumal

Condos, Homes, and Villas for rent in Akumal

Playa Caribe Oceanfront Condo

$169.00Avg/Night Playa Caribe Ethereal beauty, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs, turtles and abundant sea creatures, prehistoric ruins, serenity, stunningly decorated condo—this…
1422 Square Feet

Half Moon Bay Beachfront Condo

$140.00Avg/Night Akumal This charming ground floor condo with two bedrooms is located right on Half Moon Bay in the unique La Sirena…
1500 Square Feet

Akumal beachfront condo rental

$99.00Avg/Night Akumal This ground floor Akumal beachfront condo rental is all you will need to unwind and relax with miles of gorgeous…
700 Square Feet
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