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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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Casa Luna
Casa Luna: Akumal vacation villa, rental house, Mexico
This oceanfront villa has a pool and 3 bedrooms w/ AC in the main house and guest house w/ AC. Enjoy Caribbean and Half Moon Bay views from several outdoor patios and terraces, equipped kitchen,...
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Casa Balam Ek
Casa Balam Ek: Akumal vacation rental home, 4 bedroom, Riviera Maya, Mexico
This oceanfront house has pool and AC plus a guesthouse for larger groups if needed. It faces Half Moon Bay from its south shore and is convenient to both central and north Akumal. The main house...
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Villa Ka Kuxta
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This 5,000 sq. ft. deluxe Spanish colonial style beach front villa with guest house has central AC, swimming pool, 4 bedrooms , 2 full kitchens, 2 living rooms, TV/DVD, stereo, rooftop deck w/ wet...
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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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Cannon House
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This 2nd floor ocean front suite is one of few accommodations actually on Akumal Bay. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and AC! Central Akumal's services and magnificent Akumal Bay...
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French Angel
French Angel: Akumal condominium, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Excellent for groups or families, French Angel is actually 2 side-by-side fully equipped condos right on Yal ku lagoon. Each condo has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy a rooftop pool, amazing...
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Casa Sea Gate
Casa Sea Gate, Akumal house for rent, vacation rental Riviera Maya
Casa Sea Gate is a fine choice for a family vacation. Enjoy 4 air conditioned bedrooms, swimming pool, barbecue grilling area, multiple terraces and patios and a location just 5 minutes away from...
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