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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:

Seven Seas
Seven Seas, South Akumal condo rentals
Located in a quiet gated community in South Akumal this secluded condominium complex is a true paradise for beach lovers. The airy 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condos of Seven Seas each feature lovely...
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Casa Aurora
Casa Aurora: Akumal vacation rental home, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Enjoy spectacular sun rises and sea views from this 3200 sq.ft. oceanfront house on Yal ku lagoon that has a  pool, central air conditioning and a guest house. 3 bedrooms are in the main house and 1...
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Luna Azul
Luna Azul, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Half Moon Bay
SUMMER SPECIAL! Now only US$125/night 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...
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Villa Las Vigas
Las Vigas, Akumal rental home, Yal-Ku lagoon
Las Vigas is a lovely oceanfront villa on Yal-ku lagoon inlet. Enjoy 2 bedrooms w/ AC, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living/dining rooms and spectacular views. Very romantic! Lots of handcarved wood and...
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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 Solymar
Casa Solymar, Akumal villa vacation rental home, Riviera Maya
Casa Solymar’s 3 spacious bedrooms and faces the turquoise water of North Akumal. All of the bedroom suites are air-conditioned and come with private sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms.  Enjoy...
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Casa Balam Ek
Casa Balam Ek: Akumal vacation rental home, 4 bedroom, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Summer Special, 15% Off ! 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...
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Akumal Breakers
Akumal Breakers: South Akumal vacation rental home, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Enjoy this luxurious beach home in tranquil South Akumal, with 4 air conditioned bedrooms, a beach front pool, Satellite TV, Vonage line, WiFi Internet, 2 kayaks and much more. Great for families...
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