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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:

Villa Nicte Ha
Nicte Ha, Akumal villa vacation rental home, Riviera Maya
Spring Special! 20% off! This beautiful oceanfront villa has a sea side pool, 3 bedrooms with air conditioning, patios, sunken living room, full kitchen & dining area. Plus a rooftop sundeck 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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Casa Alma Rosa
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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 it feel like a true Caribbean oasis that...
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Casa Coral
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Spring Special! 20% off! 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...
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Del Sol Beachfront Condos
Del Sol Akumal condos, Half Moon bay, Riviera Maya Mexico
On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Vista Del Mar offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Each with full kitchen, living room and dining area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool,...
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Casa Maya
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Spring Special! 20% off! 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...
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Casa Bella
Casa Bella: Akumal villa, Yal ku lagoon, vacation home, Riviera Maya Mexico
Spring Special! 20% off! This oceanfront villa overlooks the picturesque inlet to Yal ku Lagoon. It has 3 air conditioned bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, oceanfront patio, pool. Every room faces...
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Casa Salvaje
Casa Salvaje, Aventuras Akumal rental house, Riviera Maya vacation
This beach house is a great value with 4 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 guest house casitas, beach pool, fantastic location on Aventuras Akumal beach, cookout area with gas grill, full kitchen, living...
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