Akumal Beaches

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

  • Del Sol Beachfront 2 Bedroom Condos

    North Akumal| 5 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    30% Off Listed Rates! On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Del Sol Beachfront Condos offers 2 bedroom Akumal beach vacation rentals condos. Each with full kitchen, living room and dining area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool, restaurant and dive shop are on premises. Great views.

  • Playa Caribe Condos

    Stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free! North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
    These stylish condo vacation rentals on Half Moon Bay beach are air-conditioned with a great view and beachfront pool. 1 & 2 bedroom condos have full kitchens, living room, ocean terrace or patio, Satellite TV/CD stereo, phone. Close to restaurants.

  • La Bahia Vacation Condos Half Moon Bay Akumal

    La Bahia Condos

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
    Enjoy middle of the beach nirvana on Half Moon Bay with all air conditioned condos on 3 levels. Each has a ocean terrace or beach patio. 1 or 2 bedrooms available. Near beach bar/restaurants, 3 minutes to either central Akumal or Yal ku lagoon.

  • Hacienda de la Tortuga Condos #4

    7 nights for the price of 6 for all of 2018! North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    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.

  • Alta Vista

    Playa del Carmen – Playacar | 5 Beds | 7 Bath

    With awe-inspiring ocean views, eight bedrooms, big open common areas, and a rooftop infinity pool, this Playacar vacation villa is ideal for large families and groups seeking a luxury beach escape.

  • La Joya Condos #2

    North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    Take 33% off for new reservations of 5 nights or more with stays between June 1 and August 31. Some restrictions apply, not available on all units. Right on Half Moon Bay beach, condo #2 is a nice little one bedroom with a second lock-off bedroom #3 if you need a little more space. Pool front, w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.

  • Luna Azul Condos

    North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    Low Season Special 2018 – $110 USD / Night! These comfy condos have a great spot on Half Moon Bay beach. Take your pick of a 1 or 2 bedrooms with full kitchen and living areas facing the beach. All units have air conditioning and Satellite TV. Restaurants nearby.

  • French Angel Condominiums on Yalku Lagoon

    French Angel Condos A

    North Akumal – Yal Ku Lagoon| 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
    The best place for snorkelers.  This Akumal vacation rental 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. Enjoy a rooftop pool, amazing views 2 bedrooms per condo. Can be rented separately or together. Each sleeps 6. Excellent for groups or families.

  • Hacienda de la Tortuga Condos #7

    7 nights for the price of 6 for all of 2018! North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    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.

  • Casa Seagate Akumal

    Casa Sea Gate

    South Akumal| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
    Casa Sea Gate is a fine choice for a family vacation. Enjoy 4 air conditioned bedrooms, swimming pool, barbecue grilling area, multiple terraces and patios and a location just 5 minutes away from central Akumal and the main beach. Sleeps 10.

  • La Joya Condos

    North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 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 for 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. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.

  • La Mirage Condos #4

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath

    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. Enjoy La Lunita Restaurant just to your south. You’ll have swimming pool privileges next door, the lagoon is within walking distance. Sleeps 5

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