Most visitors believe Akumal has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a lovely stretch of privately owned land on the Mexican Caribbean coastline that was settled and developed by Don Pablo Bush. Señor Bush was an archaeologist who discovered some of the most spectacular shipwrecks along the coast. The shipwrecks may still be viewed by divers and many of the artifacts are in local museums. Akumal is a Mayan word which means "Place of the Turtle"; the area is known for its nesting turtles, spectacular Mayan ruins, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters.
The barrier reef that protects Akumal, stretching almost the entire length of the Yucatan, is one of the longest reefs in the world. The reef keeps the waters in front of the beaches calm and beautiful, making it fantastic for swimming, snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, or any other water sport and is particularly safe for children.
Daytime activities in Akumal are as varied as your imagination. Akumal Bay beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. There are historic canons both underwater and on the point. This is the best place for water sports such as diving or fishing. Besides basking in the sun or swimming in the warm Caribbean waters, there is almost any water sport you might want. The beach bars are great places to meet locals and other tourists in search of new friendships. There are a few boutiques in Akumal along with an interesting selection of mercados up and down the coastline. Akumal is perfectly situated for many day trips in either direction. The spectacular Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba are located just south, the ferry to Cozumel is only 20 miles north at Playa del Carmen, and if you want to check out Cancun, it's a one hour drive. Within a 10 mile drive, you'll find Puerto Aventuras which offers activities such as golf, tennis, a marina, and nice selections of restaurants and shops.
Akumal is internationally known for its world class diving and clear warm waters without the dangerous currents. The dive shops in Akumal and in the surrounding areas are fully equipped and PADI qualified to meet your every diving need. Complete dive trips can be easily arranged with night diving, cenote (shallow cave) diving, and deep cave diving for the more adventurous divers. Fantastic snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and a variety of day trip excursions are available as well.
Public, Beach, Swimming, Restaurants/Bars, Groceries, Gift Shops, Day Care, Dive Shops, Money Exchange, Transportation, Water Sports
While Akumal is a quiet beach getaway, it is home to most of the local amenities. Akumal Bay has an incredible beach for swimming or snorkeling, and is the base for many of the available water activities. At the main entrance there are two small grocery stores for your last minute needs, and several boutiques, dive shops, and gift shops. Here you will also find restaurants for every taste and budget. Akumal is the main entrance to Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon. Google map of Akumal
Half Moon Bay
Semi-Private, Beach, Snorkeling, Restaurants/Bars, Boutiques
Half Moon Bay is in North Akumal, and within walking distance of Akumal Bay and Yalku Lagoon. One of the most popular areas, it is primarily occupied by condominiums, as well as a few restaurants/bars sprinkled on the bay. The sunrises are beautiful, and the sounds of the jungle make it a perfect place to wake up. Cool tropical breezes come in off the bay, and the bay offers terrific snorkeling.
Semi-Private, Lagoon, Snorkeling, Restaurant
Yalku Lagoon is beautiful for snorkeling, diving, or just bird watching. It is used primarily by the residents of the area. (There is an entrance fee.) A few houses line one edge of the lagoon, and the jungle lines the other. There is one restaurant in the lagoon area, but it is not on the water.
Semi-Private, Beach, Swimming, Restaurant/Bar
Aventuras Akumal is home to a hotel, villas, and condos. It has semi-private beaches, and snorkeling, especially good on either end of the protected bay. On the northern end, the hotel's many amenities are available to area guests at an additional charge, and there is a dive shop and rooftop bar a little farther to the south.
Private, Beach, Swimming, Snorkeling, Restaurant, Amenities on request
The main beauty of this region south of Cancun is it's remote location. There are only a few accommodations sprinkled along the pristine coast, making it a very private community. There are several public restaurants and shops in the area, primarily in nearby Puerto Morelos.
Public & Semi-Private, Beach, Swimming, Restaurants/Bars, Groceries, Gift Shops, Transportation, Dive Shops, Money Exchange, Horses, Ruins, Adjacent to the town of Playa del Carmen
Playacar is the resort area just south of the city of Playa del Carmen (mostly within walking distance). The area offers many types of lodging and dining. It is also home to Mayan ruins, a museum, world class golf course, markets for every need, and many other local amenities.
Public & Private, Beach, Marina, Swimming, Snorkeling Restaurants/Bars, Museum, Gift Shops, Dive Shop, Transportation
Puerto Aventuras is an area developed around a beautiful marina. Lodging offers hotels and condos. There are about 10 restaurants/bars, a few shops, a museum, 9 hole golf course, and marina amenities.
South Akumal, Jade Bay, Punta Akumal
Semi-Private, Beaches, Snorkeling
These three beaches just south of Akumal have a lush garden feel, and the protected bays have wonderful snorkeling. South Akumal is a gated community, and is also known as Akumal Sur. None of these beaches have any commercialism, and adventurous guests can walk the rocky shoreline between the bays to get to Akumal Bay.