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Akumal Beach

Drift away on the gentle currents with turtles and rays at one of the Riviera Maya’s most relaxing beaches.

Located in the Riviera Maya, Akumal Beach is 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Cancún on Mexico's Caribbean Coast. Relax on the beach’s powdery white sand and swim in the clear, tranquil water protected by an offshore reef.

In the Mayan language, Akumal means “The Place of the Turtle,” called so for the turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches here once a year. The warm, shallow waters and palm tree-lined bay make the beach an ideal destination for human families too!

In this quiet swimming bay far from the partying crowds, relaxation comes easy. Find a deck chair under one of the many cabanas and unwind with a good book and an ice cold cerveza (beer) or freshly made fruit juice.

Sail, fish, kite surf, visit the ruins and swim in the nearby cenotes (sinkholes). Pull on some flippers and swim with barracuda, stingrays, manta rays, and green and loggerhead turtles. The waters are usually crystal clear, making the area ideal for exploring with an underwater camera.

The turtles are a special feature at Akumal Beach. Less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the north is the Centro Ecologico de Akumal (CEA) where researchers work to protect the marine environment and the turtle population. Many of the local hotels, diving organizations and independent marine tour operators are working with the CEA to ensure the protection of these magnificent sea creatures that come to the shores once a year to lay their eggs.

Akumal Beach is a great base to explore the Riviera Maya but, with its laid-back resorts, restaurants, bars and dive shops, there’s little need to venture away. If you do decide to explore the nearby ruins, cenotes or nightlife of Playa del Carmen, simply hail a taxi or colectivo, or rent a car.


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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive - Adults Only

Carretera Federal 307, km 254 600, Pueblo de Akumal, Akumal, QROO
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Akumal, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Yal-ku Lagoon and Aktun Chen. Xel-Há Park and Dos Ojos Cenote are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive
    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

    Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort - All Inclusive

    Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal, Akumal, QROO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive
      Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive

      Sunscape Akumal Beach Resorts & Spa - All Inclusive

      Carr. Cancún - Tulum KM 252, Akumal, QROO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Akumal, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Riviera Maya Golf Club and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Akumal Beach. Aktun Chen and Hekab Be Biblioteca are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Hotel Akumal Caribe £117
        Hotel Akumal Caribe

        Hotel Akumal Caribe

        Hwy 307, KM 104, Carretera Cancun-Tumul, Akumal, QROO
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Akumal resort is just steps away from Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya
          The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya

          The Only and Most Charming Luxury Beachfront Cottage on the Riviera Maya

             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this historic villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Villa Alma Rosa 4BR Full Staff By RMH
            Villa Alma Rosa 4BR Full Staff By RMH

            Villa Alma Rosa 4BR Full Staff By RMH

            Manzana 10 Lote 2, Bahia De Jade, Akumal, QROO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Akumal villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Akumal Ecological Center and Akumal Beach. Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola
              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola

              Stunning Home, Rooftop, Hot Tub and steps away from Beach by Olahola

              Carretera Chetumal Benito Juarez, Km 250, Bahia Principe, Casa Ocean D2, Akumal, QROO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Akumal, this golf holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Half Moon Bay and Riviera Maya Golf Club. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Ecological Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola
                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola

                Luxury House Steps Away from Akumal Beach by Olahola

                Carr Fed Cancun, Tulum km 104, Residencial Tao Ocean, Casa D3, Akumal, QROO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this spa holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Akumal Beach, Riviera Maya Golf Club and Half Moon Bay. Hekab Be Biblioteca and Akumal Ecological Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).