5 Breath-Taking Bays in One Riviera Maya Location
Akumal really is the jewel of the coastline. Once a secret, Akumal has become a popular beach destination in the Riviera Maya. Located 100 km (62 miles) south of Cancún, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this quaint beach town boasts some of the finest white sand beaches in the Riviera Maya with lots of natural palm tree shade.
The Name ‘Akumal’ Means The ‘Place of Turtles’
As our home base, we like to think that the beaches in Akumal are the poster children for the Caribbean. Long before the city of Akumal was populated large sea turtles chose its inviting shoreline as their home and nesting ground. The turtles knew from the beginning that the this tropical paradise with its sugary white beaches and beautiful bays was heaven. Writer, archaeologist and businessman Pablo Bush Romero confirmed that the Akumal beaches were heavenly, which encouraged the growth of this seaside town. Today, Akumal beaches are coveted by local residents and visitors. The population has changed, but the beaches have remained the glorious vision that turtles and Romero saw many moons ago. The Akumal Bays provide ample beach for everyone to share and does not leave anyone with a the feeling that the beaches are overcrowded. Visitors find the social areas of the beach to meet other visitors, while more private bathers seek out less social areas.
A wide stretch of Akumal’s gorgeous beaches encompasses “Las Bahias de Akumal” – a series of five bays starting to the south of Yal-Ku Lagoon with North Akumal Beach and ending at Aventuras Akumal to the south. All the bays are great for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, beach combing and socializing.
Central Akumal – The Heart of Akumal Beaches
The Central Akumal beach features a clean white, sandy beach with beachside shops, restaurants, dive shops and homey beachfront accommodations. Lol Ha Restaurant and Beach Bar is a local favorite beachside hangout where you can watch local sports during the day and have a cool beachside dinner in the evening. Oh the glories of Akumal.
North Akumal Beach – Close to Yal-ku Lagoon
Still officially “Akumal”, the North Akumal Beach stretches around Half Moon Bay. The bay waters are calm as this stretch of the beach is protected by a reef break. Being close to Yal-ku Lagoon , a fresh water river that runs out to the sea, makes North Akumal Beach a colorful underwater world adventure. North Akumal has always been a hot destination spot for snorkelers and scuba divers searching for tropical fish, turtles and coral beds.
Jade Bay, South Akumal Beach and Akumal Aventuras
South of the main Akumal beach you’ll find several residential communities nestled along the shoreline of Jade Bay, South Akumal and Akumal Aventuras. All three bays feature beautiful beachfront villas and stylish condos built right on the warm shimmering sands of these Akumal beaches. Beach walkers love to walk the curve of the bay while admiring the various vacation villas that have this beach as their front yard.
Getting To and Discovering Akumal Beaches
Each beach in Akumal can be accessed through different entrances off the highway. To get to the Central Akumal beach take the Akumal exit sign on the highway, go through the arch and follow signs to Lol Ha Restaurant. If you are heading to North Akumal beaches, take the same main highway exit, but bear left at the arch and follow the winding road toward Yal-ku Lagoon. South Akumal’s entrance from the highway is separate from the main road into Akumal and has a large gate indicating the entrance into this more remote beach destination.
A Word to the Wise: Akumal Beaches
- Check out our beach webcam located in front of Lol Ha Restaurant on Akumal’s main beach.
- Foot protection is recommended in some areas
- Snorkeling and swimming are recommended in protected bay areas
- Do not trample any raised mounds of sand (they could be turtle nests)
- Have your snorkel gear handy so you can see Akumal turtles
Stay Close By
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 5 Beds | 7 Bath
Casa Rosa offers modern, eclectic glamour in the heart of Half Moon Bay in Akumal. Eclectic touches of whimsical, contemporary, and traditional Mexican art throughout give this luxurious, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home an unparalleled charm while serving up breathtaking views of the Caribbean.
Puerto Aventuras | 4 Beds | 4 Bath
Give in to Caribbean luxury under the massive palapa roof at Casa del Agua, a high-end beachfront villa featuring perks like a private pool, butler service, and four tropical-style suites.
North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
7 nights for the price of 6 for all of 2019, Units #4, #7 and #10! 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 & spacious living area. Restaurant onsite.
Akumal | 6 Bed | 6.5 Bath
This is the only beach front villa on the famous Akumal Bay that will have you living in luxury and with so many conveniences at your fingertips. The pool and the beach are the highlight of this property.
South Akumal| 5 Beds | 5 Bath
Enjoy this beach villa with 5 air-conditioned bedrooms, all facing the beach & Caribbean. Amenities include a full kitchen, oceanside patio with grill, sandy private tanning area, loungers & hammocks and a beach view living room.
North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
7 nights for the price of 6 for all of 2019! This beachfront 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 & spacious living area. Restaurant onsite.
North Akumal| 2 Beds | 2 Bath
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 air-conditioned bedrooms, full kitchen, living room with ocean side porch/terrace. You have the option of renting a two bedroom condo as a one bedroom unit.
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Beach level vacation rental. 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 is a wide sandy beach, great for beach lovers!
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
Take 33% off for new reservations of 5 nights or more with stays between June 1 and August 31. Some restrictions apply, only on participating units. 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. This condo rental #5 is on the second floor. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.
North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Great sea view, air conditioned comfort, pool, good snorkeling, and convenience to shopping, restaurants, Yal ku lagoon and more. La Sirena condos are a deal. These 2 bedroom condos all face the sea. Some have an exterior terrace. Sleeps 2-4
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
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. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.
North Akumal| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
Nikte Unit 1 is an airy vacation escape that combines a spectacular views of the ocean and tropical jungle with contemporary design and charming touches throughout.This spacious three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit comfortably accommodates up to 11 guests. It’s a great option for a family, couples, or small group.