Akumal, Mexico
Akumal church

Akumal means “land of the turtles” in Maya. It is named as such because every summer, huge turtles lay their eggs on the beach. During this time, Akumal becomes a nesting ground of these highly endangered species and we must be reminded to respect this fact and not to disturb these nesting places.

This seaside village sits on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, just 6 miles north of Tulum. The Akumal area includes the Akumal Bay and the nearby Half Moon Bay.

It has the beauty of the beach in a more laidback and relaxed pace. It is a small fishing village that has managed to retain its unfussy atmosphere in spite of the influx of tourism in the Riviera Maya region.

The diving right off the beaches of Akumal is excellent, as the barrier reef runs along this coast. You can also do some diving in the cenotes in the area.

Subterranean Caves & Cenotes in Akumal

There are over 200 entrances to subterranean caves, some with waters up to a depth of 150 meters. These caves are great sites for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Ecological Parks in Akumal

Ukani I and the Yal Ku lagoon are two of the ecological parks located in Akumal. Together, they promise a deeper understanding of Mexico's natural bounty and the animals that make their home there.

How to get to Akumal

Buses and colectivos run from Playa del Carmen to Akumal regularly.

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