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:

Las Casitas
Las Casitas, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Akumal bay Riviera Maya
Fall Specials! September - 40% discount ; For stays in October - stay 7 nights and pay only 5 nights! Welcome to the ONLY beachfront condos on Akumal Bay. They have been here for years, excellently...
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Esprit del Mar
Esprit del Mar, Akumal rental home, Punta Sur, Riviera Maya
Villa Esprit del Mar with its 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, private oceanfront pool, Jacuzzi, and an interior décor belonging on a magazine cover, makes a chic getaway for up to 17 people. Add prime...
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Casa del Mar
Casa del Mar, Akumal Mexico rental villa
25% off all stays through November 19, 2016! This oceanfront villa is a great romantic getaway for one or two couples. There are 3 air conditioned bedrooms (2 master bedrooms), swimming pool, full...
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La Joya
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, these condos are a great value. Take your choice of either 1 or 2 bedrooms w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3...
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Casa Alma Rosa
Fall Promotion - Stay 7 Nights, Pay for Only 5!!! Casa Alma Rosa is a 4000 square foot villa on the beaches of Jade Bay in Akumal. This villa has a vast amount of indoor and outdoor spaces that makes...
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Casa Texoma
Casa Texoma, South Akumal villa rental, Riviera Maya
This deluxe beach villa has 4 air conditioned bedrooms, private terraces, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 1 air-conditioned living room, a second floor living area, lots of furnished spaces inside &...
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Villas del Mar
Villas del Mar, Aventuras Akumal vacation house rental, Riviera Maya
Super beach house with 3 air conditioned bedrooms, 3 bathrooms on a wide stretch of fine sand beach, perfect for families or friends who want excellent sunbathing, beach combing, view, plus a...
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Casa Gray
Casa Gray, Aventuras Akumal rental home, house for rent
Enjoy this beach villa with 3 air-conditioned bedrooms, all facing the beach & Caribbean. Amenities include a full kitchen, ocean side patio with grill, sandy private tanning area, loungers &...
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