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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 de Cielo
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This 5,000 sq. ft. luxury beach front villa has central air conditioning, 4 bedrooms, an ocean side swimming pool, Satellite TV/ VCR, full kitchen, living room, BBQ grill, a sandy beach in front and...
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Yal Ku Cai
Yal Ku Cai, North Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Riviera Maya
Yal Ku Cai condos are on the north point of Akumal's Half Moon Bay, with a panoramic view of the Caribbean. Each condo has 2 air conditioned bedrooms, full kitchen, living room with ocean side...
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La Joya
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Summer Special Pay for 6 nights and get the 7th night free! 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....
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U Nah Kin Condominiums
U Nah Kin, Aventuras Akumal condo rentals, Riviera Maya vacation
Enjoy these 1 & 2 beach front bedroom condos with AC, full kitchens, spacious living rooms, Sat TV, DVD & Wifi. All units have king beds and patios or balconies on the beach. Great view. This...
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Casa Texana
Casa Texana: South Akumal rental house, Mexico
This deluxe beach villa has 4 bedrooms w/ AC, a beach side pool & lots of space inside & out. A rooftop deck has an incredible Caribbean view and there's Satellite TV, CD/stereo, 2 kitchens...
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Romero Estate
Romero Estate, Akumal villa estate, vacation rental, Yal Ku
Imagine all your friends and family under three roofs on a private estate in the Caribbean. 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, 5 outdoor pools, multiple private terraces and balconies and a free wedding or...
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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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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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