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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 los Primos
Villa Los Primos, south Akumal vacation rental home
It’s elegant. It’s uncluttered. And it’s truly grand, featuring over 5,000 square feet of living space, 5 lovely air conditioned bedrooms and unparalleled views of South Akumal beach. Enjoy...
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Villa Margarita
Villa Margarita, Akumal home rental, Jade Bay
Nestled on the white coral sand of Jade Bay, this luxurious four bedroom beach home is the perfect getaway for large families or several couples traveling together. This villa has over 3,000 sq....
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Casa Playa del Caribe
Casa Playa del Caribe: rental home, Akumal Sur, Mexico
This place really exists and looks just like the tropical paradise in the famous Corona commercials. Its name is Casa Playa del Caribe and it is hidden from the crowds of tourists in a peaceful area...
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Casa Gatos
Casa Gatos, Akumal condos, vacation rentals
These 3 condos are in a very private garden courtyard offering tranquility at an excellent price. The location is only a few minutes from Yal ku lagoon or Half Moon Bay, in North Akumal, and Que Onda...
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Villa Fantasea
Villa Fantasea, Akumal rental home, Punta Sur, Riviera Maya
The newly-built oceanfront Villa Fantasea comes with a private elevator, a lap pool and 6 suites with balconies, A/C and WiFi. Nestled 2 km from Akumal, it boasts commanding ocean views, high-end...
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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 Palmeras
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If you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil family beach vacation, Villa Palmeras may become your new favorite tropical getaway. This beach villa has 3,500 sq.ft. including 4 bedrooms w/ AC,...
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Casa Cascadas
Casa Cascadas: Akumal rental villa, Akumal Mexico
Stay 7 nights and pay for 6 for stays in May and June! This deluxe oceanfront villa has 4 air conditioned bedrooms, a swimming pool, full kitchen, living room, several decks and patios, gas grill,...
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