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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:

Jade Moon Villas
Jade Moon Ruby, Akumal condo vacation rental, Jade bay, Riviera Maya
Enjoy a gem, Ruby Moon, 4 bedroom condo on Jade Bay, Akumal, with central AC, kitchen, living/dining room, etc. Terrace and balconies. Courtyard swimming pool with party palapa.
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Hacienda de las Tortugas
Hacienda de la Tortuga, Akumal condo rentals
This beach front condo building on Half Moon Bay has a pool & spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos w/ either patio or balcony overlooking the Caribbean. All units have ceiling fans, kitchen &...
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Playa Caribe
Playa Caribe condominiums: Akumal condominiums, Half Moon Bay, Akumal Mexico
Low Season Sale. Buy 6 nights, get the 7th night free!! These luxury condos on Half Moon Bay beach are fully air conditioned with a great sea view and beach front pool. 1 & 2 bedroom condos have...
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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 Maya
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Economical 1 bedroom beach cottage bungalow on Half Moon Bay's north rim. Ocean view master bedroom w/ AC, 1 king. Full kitchen, beach front patio, grill. Living room with sofa bed (double). Sleeps 3...
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Villa Palmilla
Villa Palmilla, Jade Bay, Akumal luxury home rental
For those who appreciate the fine things, enjoy this spectacular beach front villa with 3 luxurious bedrooms suites. Take in the million-dollar ocean view that opens up from the living and dining...
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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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Zen del Mar
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This villa offers a long list of luxuries. The owners have thought of every detail in creating this amazing custom-built luxury vacation home!, with 5 intimate bedrooms, soaring ceilings, central AC,...
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