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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:

French Angel

French Angel: Akumal condominium, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
15% off rates for all of January! Excellent for groups or families, French Angel is actually 2 side-by-side fully equipped condos right on Yal ku lagoon. Each condo has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms....
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Villa Dos Jaguares

Dos Jaguares: South Akumal beach front vaction rental villa
This is a contemporary beach villa, all in dazzling white with grey marble floors. Enjoy central AC, 5 spacious bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, garden courtyard, terraces, beach patio and...
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Casa Texoma

Casa Texoma, South Akumal villa rental, Riviera Maya
This deluxe beach villa has 4 air conditioned bedrooms, private terraces, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 1 air-conditioned living room, a second floor living area, lots of furnished spaces inside &...
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Casa Romero

Casa Romero: Akumal villa, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
15% off rates through March 11, 2016! The Romero Estate is a historical house of Akumal, the 1st built on Yal ku lagoon, and it has been totally renovated to luxury class. Enjoy pool, AC throughout,...
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Casa Alux

Akumal rental homes: Casa Alux oceanfront rental house Mexico
This 3 bedroom oceanfront house with pool, a wide elevated view out to sea and spacious private grounds. 2 adjoining buildings house the living room, dining area, full kitchen and 3 bedrooms with a...
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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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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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Del Sol Beachfront Hotel

Del Sol, Vista del Mar Akumal hotel, Half Moon Bay, Riviera Maya
Rediscover the essence of low-key beachfront living, with postcard-perfect views of Half Moon Bay and comfortable rooms, featuring AC, a beachfront balcony, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, satellite...
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