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Akumal – The Place of the Turtles

We personally think turtles are pretty magical, and you’ll see what we’re talking about first-hand if you choose to snorkel off the beach (a great activity for travelers of all ages) and see the turtles yourself.

Located a quick 1-hour jaunt south from Cancun on the Mexican Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula, Akumal is one of the most friendly, history-rich communities in the Riviera Maya. Let’s step inside for a closer look, shall we?

What we love about Akumal

Did you know that Akumal is one of the first Riviera Mayan communities, dating back to the 1960s? Since that time, it’s played host to travelers like you from all over the world. We love that it’s away from the hubbub of the busy Cancun resort corridor. This means quiet beaches for everything from romantic outings to family adventures.

Snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking are all great ways to spend a day in Akumal. Just ask us. We’ll help you find the ideal self-guided or guided excursion that fits your level of adventure.

Akumal’s locals also love their beaches and odds are, you’ll bump into a few on your adventure.

Loco Gringo Tips

Snorkeling: Be sure to check out Yal-ku Lagoon. It boasts a mixture of both fresh AND saltwater which means a variety of fish that’s simply unparalleled.

Local Bars: Stop into Lol-ha and La Buena Vida shore bars for a local libation.

Three gorgeous bays: While in Akumal, you can explore 3 Caribbean gems — Half Moon Bay, greater Akumal Bay and Aventuras Akumal Bay. Find your favorite and tell your friends back home so they can experience your taste of Akumal adventure.  One place that is overlooked but has an amazing beach is Aventuras Akumal, just sayin’.

Detailed Destinations for your Akumal Adventure

Well we would be amiss if we did not mention snorkeling with the turtles on the main beach of Akumal.   Go early in the day before the day-trippers come into town.  We remind you enjoy their beauty without touching them.

La Buena Vida on the road towards Half Moon Moon. This quintessential beach bar is fun day or night.  Fish tacos are some of the best in town.  Climb the crow’s nest for a private view of the bay.  There is also a pool, dive shop and beach pillows perfect for making a day of it.

Snorkel Yalku Lagoon.  This lagoon is a popular spot to don a mask and fins.  Mornings and late afternoons are best. The perfect family spot, just follow the North Akumal Bay road to the end and you will see the entrance.  Biodegradable sunscreen is recommended.

LocoGringo suggests these great Akumal vacation rentals:

Villa Dos Jaguares
Dos Jaguares: South Akumal beach front vaction rental villa
This is a contemporary beach villa, all in dazzling white with grey marble floors. Enjoy central AC, 5 spacious bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, garden courtyard, terraces, beach patio and...
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Hacienda de las Tortugas
Hacienda de la Tortuga, Akumal condo rentals
This beach front condo building on Half Moon Bay has a pool & spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos w/ either patio or balcony overlooking the Caribbean. All units have ceiling fans, kitchen &...
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The Villa on Akumal Bay
The Villa on Akumal Bay B&B Akumal vacation rental, beach front house (Taj Kumal)
This exclusive, Taj Mahal-inspired B&B features ONLY 5 uniquely-designed suites, a beautiful pool, private parking and free WIFI. A “wow factor” is the prime beach location on Akumal Bay,...
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Zen del Mar
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This villa offers a long list of luxuries. The owners have thought of every detail in creating this amazing custom-built luxury vacation home!, with 5 intimate bedrooms, soaring ceilings, central AC,...
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Seven Seas
Seven Seas, South Akumal condo rentals
Located in a quiet gated community in South Akumal this secluded condominium complex is a true paradise for beach lovers. The airy 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condos of Seven Seas each feature lovely...
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Casa Gauguin
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Amazing oceanfront 5 bedroom villa with 15 foot high ceiling to floor windows. Awesome views of Yal ku lagoon inlet and the Caribbean. Ocean/lagoon front swimming pool, deluxe kitchen, dining room....
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Del Sol Beachfront Hotel
Del Sol, Vista del Mar Akumal hotel, Half Moon Bay, Riviera Maya
Rediscover the essence of low-key beachfront living, with postcard-perfect views of Half Moon Bay and comfortable rooms, featuring AC, a beachfront balcony, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, satellite...
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Villa Kokobeach
Villa Kokobeach, Akumal rental home, Riviera Maya
This lovely 6-bedroom oceanfront vacation villa  is spacious enough to accommodate up to 18 people. The open floor living space encompasses a sunken living area, a fully-equipped airy kitchen and...
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