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| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, condo #6 is a nice second floor, one-bedroom. Affordably priced 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.
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
South Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Summer Special! 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. Great view. This is a wide sandy beach, great for beach lovers!
North Akumal| 5 to 7 Beds | 4 Bath
This 2 story oceanfront villa in Akumal has an enclosed grassy yard great for your children, enjoy a swimming pool with grilling area for entertaining. Guesthouse has 1 queen & 1 sofa bed (double). Sleeps 10 max.
North Akumal| 6 Beds | 4 Bath
This deluxe oceanfront villa has 4 air conditioned bedrooms, a swimming pool, full kitchen, living room, several decks and patios, gas grill, rooftop observation deck for stargazing/ sun tanning, great view. Sleeps 10.
North Akumal| 1 Beds | 1 Bath
Beach level condos on Half Moon Bay w/ AC, full kitchens, living rooms, and patios or balconies overlooking the sea. Good snorkeling either in the bay or nearby Yalku Lagoon. Restaurants nearby.
North Akumal| 3 Beds | 1 Bath
Yal Ku Cai condos are on the north point of Akumal’s Half Moon Bay, with a panoramic view of the Caribbean. Each condo has 2 air conditioned bedrooms, full kitchen, living room with ocean side porch/terrace.
Isla Mujeres| 1-2 Bed | 1 Bath
The clean lines and soft tones of contemporary tropical design await you at this Isla Mujeres hotel, set on the main drag of downtown. Here, you’ll be a two-minute walk from the ferry terminal and walking distance from the island’s best beaches and dining.
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
North Akumal – Half Moon bay| 9 Beds | 9 Bath
Villa Valhalla is a perfect choice for large families who like to vacation together. This 6,900 sq. ft. villa has 6 master bedrooms and plenty of space inside and out for dining, pool sessions, tanning, etc. Sleeps up to 24. 18 adults, or 12 adults and 12 kids
North Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
30% Off Listed Rates! 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.
North Akumal| 6 Beds | 3 Bath
Nikte Unit 1 is an airy vacation escape that combines a spectacular views of the ocean and tropical jungle with contemporary design and charming touches throughout.This spacious three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit comfortably accommodates up to 11 guests. It’s a great option for a family, couples, or small group.