We have published our Playa del Carmen to Puerto Morelos aerial tours and now we have aerial photos from Akumal to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere including aerial photos of Tulum and Soliman Bay.
The Boca Paila bridge and inlet; gateway to the upper reaches of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Punta Allen.
This is a good example of the mangrove estuary and waterway that lies on the west side of the barrier strip of land. From the air the contrast of the brackish green estuary against the blue Caribbean is quite striking. It’s not uncommon for boutique resorts, hotels and fishing lodges to have a landing or boat dock on the estuary side.
A look from the sea side. The mangrove plays an indispensible role as fish hatchery for millions of fish, and water purifier for all the freshwater draining from inland.
A closer view of the Sian Ka’an’s healthy reef part of the Mesoamerican barrier reef.
Sand dunes and beach in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
A long shot looking north up Tulum beach. Ten years ago there was next to nothing here. Today a chain of “eco-chic” low impact alternate energy beach hotels line the shore. Fortunately the beach is low, and the sand is powdery and prolific.
Tulum beach’s north end has the widest stretches of sand, ending at the Tulum archaeological zone.
Tulum ruins from the sea and Tulum pueblo on the horizon, left side.
For those who think they have seen all the Mayan archaeological sites on the coast, think again. Plenty of surprises and secret places remain virtually unknown. Can you guess where this one is? Wear some good shoes if you go.
Two of the largest bays on the coast north of Tulum are Tankah Bay and Soliman Bay. These are primarily residential areas with almost no hotels but they do have some fine vacation homes right on the beach. More on Tankah Bay and Soliman Bay. Tankah Bay is above.
Soliman Bay has great snorkeling and kayaking
Akumal Bay (left side) and Half Moon Bay (right side).
Yal ku lagoon in North Akumal and just south, Half Moon Bay, then Akumal Bay
Find out more about Riviera Maya beaches and places to stay on our Destinations page. These Riviera Maya aerial photos will get you started in your vacation planning.