Akumal is one of the best-kept secrets of the entire Riviera Maya. Located between the trendy town of Playa del Carmen and the Mayan city of Tulum, Akumal Beach is considered to be right at the top of the best beaches in the region and in all the Caribbean. Akumal means “Place of the Turtles”, as many turtles still come to its beaches to lay their eggs. This town has managed to keep an ecological attitude hard to find these days, and is home to the Akumal Eco-Center which makes an outstanding work on sea turtle protection. Just last year the Center released a total of 58.912 hatchlings of both species.
Akumal is the perfect diving and family destination in the heart of the Riviera Maya, its beach stretches over a mile of white powdery sand, and it offers world-class snorkeling with amazing bio-diversity including sea turtles, rays, and a fascinating variety of colorful fishes.
Because Akumal is not the typical resort destination, this is a tranquil place for those looking peace, relaxation and a connection with nature. Here, you won’t find the noisy discos, or the stylish shopping malls of Cancun, but instead you will get mesmerizing underwater coves that have made of Akumal a must-visit place for divers all around the world.
This hidden gem of the Riviera Maya consists of 3 little bays: Yalku Lagoon, Half Moon Bay, and Akumal Bay, where all kind of water sports are available, such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing are excellent leisure options for the crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. The famous eco-parks of Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Xplore a just a few minutes away from Akumal, and that same can be said of the breathtaking pyramids of the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza.
Akumal Beach offers comfortable lodging in renewed vacation villas, houses, condos and Mexican-style posadas, as well as Morish and all inclusive hotels with stunning ocean views. There you will also find a few scattered restaurants and a little supermarket. Among its facilities Akumal includes two PADI certificated diving shops where you will find everything you need for an unforgettable snorkel or diving experience. You will be surprised to know that Akumal was the first tourist destination in the whole Yucatan Peninsula. Discovered by a divers’ club, it had its first hotels, long before the Mexican Government planned the development of Cancun back in the ‘70s.
Even when Akumal has been recognized several times as one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, it stills lacks modern life amenities such as ATMs, and many places still don’t receive credit cards; this is an authentic trip to an era long ago forgotten. So, when visiting Akumal, don’t forget to bring cash, in order to avoid any unpleasant experience.