Akumal Beaches

5 Breath-Taking Bays in One Riviera Maya Location

Akumal really is the jewel of the coastline. Once a secret, Akumal has become a popular beach destination in the Riviera Maya. Located 100 km (62 miles) south of Cancún, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this quaint beach town boasts some of the finest white sand beaches in the Riviera Maya with lots of natural palm tree shade.

The Name ‘Akumal’ Means The ‘Place of Turtles’

As our home base, we like to think that the beaches in Akumal are the poster children for the Caribbean. Long before the city of Akumal was populated large sea turtles chose its inviting shoreline as their home and nesting ground. The turtles knew from the beginning that the this tropical paradise with its sugary white beaches and beautiful bays was heaven. Writer, archaeologist and businessman Pablo Bush Romero confirmed that the Akumal beaches were heavenly, which encouraged the growth of this seaside town. Today, Akumal beaches are coveted by local residents and visitors. The population has changed, but the beaches have remained the glorious vision that turtles and Romero saw many moons ago. The Akumal Bays provide ample beach for everyone to share and does not leave anyone with a the feeling that the beaches are overcrowded. Visitors find the social areas of the beach to meet other visitors, while more private bathers seek out less social areas.

A wide stretch of Akumal’s gorgeous beaches encompasses “Las Bahias de Akumal” – a series of five bays starting to the south of Yal-Ku Lagoon with North Akumal Beach and ending at Aventuras Akumal to the south. All the bays are great for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, beach combing and socializing.

Central Akumal – The Heart of Akumal Beaches

The Central Akumal beach features a clean white, sandy beach with beachside shops, restaurants, dive shops and homey beachfront accommodations. Lol Ha Restaurant and Beach Bar is a local favorite beachside hangout where you can watch local sports during the day and have a cool beachside dinner in the evening. Oh the glories of Akumal.

North Akumal Beach – Close to Yal-ku Lagoon

Still officially “Akumal”, the North Akumal Beach stretches around Half Moon Bay. The bay waters are calm as this stretch of the beach is protected by a reef break. Being close to Yal-ku Lagoon , a fresh water river that runs out to the sea, makes North Akumal Beach a colorful underwater world adventure. North Akumal has always been a hot destination spot for snorkelers and scuba divers searching for tropical fish, turtles and coral beds.

Jade Bay, South Akumal Beach and Akumal Aventuras

South of the main Akumal beach you’ll find several residential communities nestled along the shoreline of Jade Bay, South Akumal and Akumal Aventuras. All three bays feature beautiful beachfront villas and stylish condos built right on the warm shimmering sands of these Akumal beaches. Beach walkers love to walk the curve of the bay while admiring the various vacation villas that have this beach as their front yard.

Getting To and Discovering Akumal Beaches

Each beach in Akumal can be accessed through different entrances off the highway. To get to the Central Akumal beach take the Akumal exit sign on the highway, go through the arch and follow signs to Lol Ha Restaurant. If you are heading to North Akumal beaches, take the same main highway exit, but bear left at the arch and follow the winding road toward Yal-ku Lagoon. South Akumal’s entrance from the highway is separate from the main road into Akumal and has a large gate indicating the entrance into this more remote beach destination.

A Word to the Wise: Akumal Beaches

  • Check out our beach webcam located in front of Lol Ha Restaurant on Akumal’s main beach.
  • Foot protection is recommended in some areas
  • Snorkeling and swimming are recommended in protected bay areas
  • Do not trample any raised mounds of sand (they could be turtle nests)
  • Have your snorkel gear handy so you can see Akumal turtles

Stay Close By

  • Villa Fantasea Vacation House Rental Riviera Maya, Akumal

    Villa Fantasea

    North Akumal| 9 Beds | 6 Bath
    The newly-built oceanfront Villa Fantasea comes with a lap pool and 6 suites with balconies, A/C and WiFi. Nestled 2 km from Akumal, it boasts commanding ocean views, high-end amenities and a prime location away from the tourist crowds.

  • La Joya Condos

    North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    Right on Half Moon Bay beach, these condos are a great value. Take your choice of either 1 or 2 bedrooms w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.

  • Del Sol Beachfront 1 Bedroom and Studio Condos

    North Akumal| 1 Beds | 1 Bath

    On Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal. Del Sol Beachfront Condos offers 1 bedroom Akumal beach vacation rentals condos and studios. Each a kitchenette and living area, decorated in a Caribbean style. A swimming pool, restaurant and dive shop are on premises. Great views.

  • Villa Valhalla vacation house ocean front Akumal

    Valhalla Villa

    North Akumal – Half Moon bay| 9 Beds | 9 Bath
    Villa Valhalla is a perfect choice for large families who like to vacation together. This 6,900 sq. ft. villa has 6 master bedrooms and plenty of space inside and out for dining, pool sessions, tanning, etc. Sleeps up to 24. 18 adults, or 12 adults and 12 kids

  • Nahil Akumal Condominiums #4

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 Beds | 2 Bath
    Stay at the newest luxury condos for your vacation. Well-appointed 2 bedroom condos with a pool. Nahil Beachfront vacation rentals are located in Akumal on Half Moon Bay. Have everything you need to make your vacation great.

  • Hacienda de la Tortuga Condos

    7 nights for the price of 6 for all of 2018! North Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath

    This beach front condo building on Half Moon Bay has a pool & spacious 1 & 2 bedroom condos w/ either patio or balcony overlooking the Caribbean. All units have ceiling fans, kitchen & spacious living area. Restaurant onsite.

  • La Mirage Akumal Condo Rentals

    La Mirage Condos #1

    North Akumal| 3 Beds | 2 Bath

    Enjoy these quiet beach front condos, each with AC, 2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and large balcony or patio overlooking the sea. You’ll have swimming pool privileges next door at Hacienda de la Tortuga. Sleeps 5

  • La Joya Condos #6

    North Akumal| 1  Bed | 1 Bath

    Right on Half Moon Bay beach, condo #4 is a nice second floor, one-bedroom. Affordably priced Pool front, w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.

  • The Villa on Akumal Bay Guest House B&B

    Villa Taj-kumal

    Akumal | 6 Bed | 6.5 Bath

    This is the only beach front villa on the famous Akumal Bay that will have you living in luxury and with so many conveniences at your fingertips. The pool and the beach are the highlight of this property.

  • The Villa on Akumal Bay Guest House B&B

    The Villa on Akumal Bay

    Akumal| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
    This exclusive, Taj Mahal-inspired B&B features ONLY 5 uniquely-designed suites, a beautiful pool, private parking and free WIFI. A “wow factor” is the prime beach location on Akumal Bay, right in the heart of Riviera Maya. Breakfast for 2 is included.

  • Yal Ku Cai condo rentals Akumal Mexico

    Yal Ku Cai Condos #3

    North Akumal| 2 Beds | 2 Bath
    Yal Ku Cai condos are on the north point of Akumal's Half Moon Bay, with a panoramic view of the Caribbean. Each condo has air-conditioned bedrooms, full kitchen, living room with ocean side porch/terrace. You have the option of renting a two bedroom condo as a one bedroom unit. 

  • Playa Blanca condos on Half Moon Bay Akumal

    Playa Blanca Condos #8

    North Akumal – Half Moon Bay| 3 to 5 Beds | 2 to 3 Bath

    Pet-friendly! The smart layout of these three bedroom air-conditioned condominiums at Playa Blanca makes the maximum out of stunning sea views. It’s truly a bargain to stay at this beautiful beach condo rentals in one of the most picturesque areas of Akumal and have all the commodities nearby.  This can be rented as a 2 or 3-bedroom condo.  

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