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Akumal Beaches

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 beautifal 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

LocoGringo suggests these great vacation spots:

Casa Gatos
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Casa Alux
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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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Bellamar
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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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French Angel
French Angel: Akumal condominium, Yal ku lagoon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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. Enjoy a rooftop pool, amazing...
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Luna Azul
Luna Azul, Akumal condos, vacation rentals, Half Moon Bay
All Stays Through November 19, 2016 Now Only US $930/Week! 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...
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Villa Nicte Ha
Nicte Ha, Akumal villa vacation rental home, Riviera Maya
Special! 25% off all stays through November 19, 2016! This beautiful oceanfront villa has a sea side pool, 3 bedrooms with air conditioning, patios, sunken living room, full kitchen & dining...
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Playa Caribe
Playa Caribe condominiums: Akumal condominiums, Half Moon Bay, Akumal Mexico
Low Season Sale. Buy 6 nights, get the 7th night free!! These luxury condos on Half Moon Bay beach are fully air conditioned with a great sea view and beach front pool. 1 & 2 bedroom condos have...
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Villa Las Vigas
Las Vigas, Akumal rental home, Yal-Ku lagoon
Las Vigas is a lovely oceanfront villa on Yal-ku lagoon inlet. Enjoy 2 bedrooms w/ AC, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living/dining rooms and spectacular views. Very romantic! Lots of handcarved wood and...
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