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

  • Playa Blanca condos on Half Moon Bay Akumal

    Playa Blanca Condos

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 to 5 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
    The smart layout of these 1, 2 and three bedroom air conditioned condominiums at Playa Blanca makes the maximum out of stunning sea views. It’s truly a bargain to stay at this beautiful beach condo in one of the most picturesque areas of Akumal and have all the commodities nearby. Unit #8 is pet friendly.

  • Del Sol Beachfront 1 Bedroom and Studio Condos

    North Akumal| 1 Beds | 1 Bath
    30% Off Listed Rates! On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Del Sol Beachfront Condos offers 1 bedroom Akumal beach vacation rentals condos and studios. Each a kitchenette and living area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool, restaurant and dive shop are on premises. Great views.

  • Na Balam Beach Hotel & Spa

    Isla Mujeres| 1-2 Bed | 2 Bath
    A boutique hotel and beach club set right on the famous North Beach! Na Balam is filled with palapa roofs, vibrant tropical gardens, and indoor-outdoor spaces with surprising Maya-Mexican design elements.

  • Casa Fortuna

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 6 Beds | 6 Bath
    Casa Fortuna is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom tropical retreat in the heart of Akumal’s Half Moon Bay. It offers privacy, oceanfront views, and is within walking distance of enchanting beachfront restaurants and within an hour’s drive of Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

  • Villa Kin Ich, Playacar Vacation Rental, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    Villa Kin Ich

    Playa del Carmen – Playacar | 7 Beds | 10 Bath
    Experience indoor-outdoor luxury living near the beginning of 5th Avenue. The dazzling Villa Kin Ich boasts seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms and an unbeatable beachfront setting in Playa del Carmen.

  • La Joya Condos #5

    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.

  • 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 #7

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 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. This condo rental #7 is on the top floor. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.

  • Villa Fantasea Vacation House Rental Riviera Maya, Akumal

    Villa Fantasea

    North Akumal| 9 Beds | 6 Bath
    The newly-built oceanfront Villa Fantasea comes with a lap pool and 6 suites with balconies, A/C and WiFi. Nestled 2 km from Akumal, it boasts commanding ocean views, high-end amenities and a prime location away from the tourist crowds.

  • Hacienda de la Tortuga Condos #4

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

  • Playa Blanca condos on Half Moon Bay Akumal

    Playa Blanca Condos #7

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 to 5 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath
    The smart layout of these three bedroom air-conditioned condominiums at Playa Blanca makes the maximum out of stunning sea views. It’s truly a bargain to stay at this beautiful beach condo rentals in one of the most picturesque areas of Akumal and have all the commodities nearby.  This can be rented as a 2 or 2-bedroom condo. 

  • casa iguana vacation rental akumal

    Casa Iguana

    North Akumal| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
    30% Off Through December 22, 2018! (Not valid Thanksgiving week) Actually 2 houses, not 1, great for families and groups. There’s 2 air conditioned bedrooms in each house plus additional bedding, oceanfront swimming pool, shade palapa, exterior patios/terraces, BBQ, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms. Sleeps 8-11

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