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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:

Playa Blanca
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The smart layout of these 1, 2 and three bedroom air conditioned condominiums at Playa Blanca makes the maximum out of stunning sea views. It’s truly a bargain to stay at this beautiful beach...
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Las Villas Akumal
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This luxury condo building has a large beach front pool and is 3 minutes south of Akumal. Spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with 1, 2 or 3 bathrooms are available. All have central AC, full kitchens....
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Casa Gatos
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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 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 del Sol Naciente
Casa del Sol Naciente, Akumal, Jade bay vacation rental home
This beachfront house has 7 air conditioned king bedrooms, swimming pool and 4,200 sq. ft. of space. Enjoy a great rooftop deck, beach shade palapa, 2 kayaks, BBQ grill & shaded beach side dining...
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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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Del Sol Beachfront Condos
Del Sol Akumal condos, Half Moon bay, Riviera Maya Mexico
On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Vista Del Mar offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Each with full kitchen, living room and dining area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool,...
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Casa Kukulcan
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Inspired by Mayan architecture, this 5-bedroom oceanfront villa is located just a mile from Akumal. Tall ceilings, chic decor, a 50-foot lap pool, climate-controlled suites, a gourmet kitchen - are...
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