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| 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
North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
This oceanfront house has pool and air conditioning plus a guesthouse for larger groups if needed. It faces Half Moon Bay from its south shore and is convenient to both central and north Akumal.
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.
North Akumal| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Homey, private and affordable Yal Ku Cai Casita features airy living and dining areas and a private porch – an ideal spot for savoring your aromatic morning coffee or relaxing with a chilled Margarita in the afternoon..
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.
Central Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
This 2nd floor ocean front suite is one of few accommodations actually on Akumal Bay. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and AC! Central Akumal’s services and magnificent Akumal Bay main beach are at your door. Sleeps 4
North Akumal| 3 Bed | 3 Bath
Located on the ocean inlet to Yalku Lagoon this lovely villa has a great view, with 3 air conditioned bedrooms, an ocean side swimming pool, living room, dining area, kitchen, pool patio w/ grill and 2 ocean side balconies. Sleeps 10.
North Akumal| 5 Beds | 3 Bath
25% off stays in March and April 2019! Nikte Ha Unit 3 is an expansive three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit that includes gorgeous contemporary design and modern details throughout. It comfortably accommodates up to eight guests, making it an exceptional option for a family or small group.
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| 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
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| 4 Beds | 3 Bath
This oceanfront villa is a great romantic getaway for one or two couples. There are 3 air conditioned bedrooms, swimming pool, full kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 patios, gas grill and rooftop sundeck.