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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 Serenity
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Villa Serenity is one of the best beachfront properties in which to enjoy your relaxing family vacation. Aventuras Akumal beach is a barefoot pleasure with deep sand. Sunbathe, go fishing, beach...
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Villa Palmilla
Villa Palmilla, Jade Bay, Akumal luxury home rental
For those who appreciate the fine things, enjoy this spectacular beach front villa with 3 luxurious bedrooms suites. Take in the million-dollar ocean view that opens up from the living and dining...
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Casa Aurora
Casa Aurora: Akumal vacation rental home, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Enjoy spectacular sun rises and sea views from this 3200 sq.ft. oceanfront house on Yal ku lagoon that has a  pool, central air conditioning and a guest house. 3 bedrooms are in the main house and 1...
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Casa Coral
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Deluxe 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums on Jade bay! Just completed in 2012, these condos are luxurious with awesome Caribbean views, Jacuzzi's, private swimming pools, top notch interiors, kayaks for...
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Casa Iguana
Casa Iguana, Akumal rental house
Actually 2 houses, not 1, great for families and groups. There's 2 air conditioned bedrooms in each house plus additional bedding, oceanfront swimming pool, shade palapa, exterior patios/terraces,...
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Las Casitas
Las Casitas, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Akumal bay Riviera Maya
Fall Specials! Welcome to the ONLY beachfront condos on Akumal Bay. They have been here for years, excellently maintained, each with 2 bedrooms, sea side/garden courtyard patios, tennis courts and a...
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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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Romero Estate
Romero Estate, Akumal villa estate, vacation rental, Yal Ku
Imagine all your friends and family under three roofs on a private estate in the Caribbean. 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, 5 outdoor pools, multiple private terraces and balconies.
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