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, windsurfing, 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.