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

  • Nikte Ha Luxury Condos

    Nikte Ha Luxury Condominiums – Unit 7

    North Akumal| 5 Beds | 3 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Nikte Ha Unit 7 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.

  • La Bahia Vacation Condos Half Moon Bay Akumal

    La Bahia Condos

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    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.

  • Casa Aurora is an ocean front vacation rental on Yalku Lagoon

    Casa Aurora

    North Akumal – Yal ku Lagoon| 5 Beds | 4 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Enjoy spectacular sun rises and sea views from this 3200 sq.ft. oceanfront house on Yal ku lagoon that has a  pool, central air conditioning and a guest house. 3 bedrooms are in the main house and 1 in the guesthouse, all with private entrances.

  • Casa Balam Ek

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 6 Beds | 4 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Get 25% Off – Nov 17 to Dec 20, 2018. Save 20% Christmas Week. 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.

  • U Nah Kin Condominiums – Condo #4

    South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    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.This specific unit is on the second floor. Great view. This is a wide sandy beach, great for beach lovers! T

  • Nahil Akumal Condominiums #2

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 Beds | 2 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Well-appointed 2 bedroom condos with a pool. Nahil Beachfront vacation rentals are located in Akumal on Half Moon Bay. Have everything you need to make your vacation great. This condo has wheelchair accessibility.

  • Del Sol Beachfront 1 Bedroom and Studio Condos

    North Akumal| 1 Beds | 1 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    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.

  • Nikte Luxury Condominiums – Unit 7

    North Akumal| 4 Beds | 3 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Nikte Unit 7 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.

  • La Joya Condos #7

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    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 de la Vida

    Isla Mujeres| 6 Beds | 8 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Live the beachfront vacation of your dreams at Villa de la Vida in Isla Mujeres. This award-winning, luxury home includes five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Unique engineering details designed by one of Mexico’s premier architects emphasize openness, freedom, natural delight, ocean views, and cool breezes.

  • Playa Blanca condos on Half Moon Bay Akumal

    Playa Blanca Condos

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 to 5 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    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 Hotel

    North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath [woocommerce_reviews_avgstars]
    Rediscover the essence of low-key beachfront living, with postcard-perfect views of the Akumal Beach of Half Moon Bay and comfortable rooms, featuring AC, a beachfront balcony, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a small fridge. The famous Buena Vida ‘swing’ bar and a dive shop are next door. 

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