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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:

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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La Sirena Condominiums
La Sirena, Akumal condos, Riviera Maya
Great sea view, air conditioned comfort, pool, good snorkeling, and convenience to shopping, restaurants, Yal ku lagoon and more. La Sirena condos are a deal. These 2 bedroom condos all face the sea....
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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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Luna Azul
Luna Azul, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Half Moon Bay
These comfy condos have a great spot on Half Moon Bay beach. Take your pick of a 1 or 2 bedrooms with full kitchen and living areas facing the beach. Some have air conditioning and all have Satellite...
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Villa Margarita
Villa Margarita, Akumal rental home, Jade Bay, Riviera Maya
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 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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Bellamar
Bellamar Akumal rental home, vacation villa, Riviera Maya
Enjoy a spectacular, modern villa that combines the services of a 5-star beachfront resort, the spaciousness of a palace and the privacy and comfort of a tropical beach home. Every possible...
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La Mirage
La Mirage, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Half Moon bay, Riviera Maya
Enjoy these quiet beach front condos, each with AC, 2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and large balcony or patio overlooking the sea. You'll have swimming pool privleges next door at...
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