Akumal Mayan Riviera


Akumal is located 100km (62 miles) south of Cancun in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. It boasts a beautiful main beach and is an excellent location for snorkeling. Akumal is also very popular for divers.

Map of Akumal Mexico

Akumal Mexico Map

Akumal Mayan Riviera Attractions

Abundant tropical fish, nearby sunken Spanish galleon and coral gardens make Akumal Mexico a popular destination for divers from around the world.

Traveling south on Hwy 307 past Playa del Carmen you will see the enterance on the coast side of the highway. A main road travels towards the coastline. You follow this road until you hit a set of arches, right where the stores are. Pass through the arches and on the right is the Akumal Dive Shop. Walk past/around that and you can see the beach.

Another unique feature of Akumal Mexico is Yalku lagoon. This small series of lagoons leading out to the sea once served as a trading route for ancient Mayans. Its calm waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Bird watching enthusiasts will enjoy quiet mornings in Yalku where a large variety of the Peninsula's bird population gather on the set of a spectacular sunrise.

Mexico's Mayan Riviera is a vacationer's paradise; there are an abundance of activities to keep even the most energetic vacationer active and yet with the beauty of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean


Akumal has several places to eat with delicious menu items including traditional Mayan cuisine, fresh seafood, authentic Italian pastas and American classics like pizza and hamburgers. Local watering holes serve fresh fruit libations by the sea.

You can also climb the Nohoch Muul temple (the tallest pyramid of the state), you will be able admire the pristine beauty and immeasurable vastness of the surrounding sub-tropical rain forest. Walk through their forest, learning of the local fauna and flora, Enjoy a zip-line flying over an incredibly beautiful cenote, Rappel down into another cenote, Canoeing/kayaking on a wonderful lagoon, Refreshing swim, Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the local Maya women.


Akumal's unique shops and boutiques sell folk art, handcrafted jewelry and original clothing designs. An outside artesian market vends Mexican pottery, blankets, hammocks, and fruits and vegetables from local farmers. This will be a different shopping experience.

Apart from all this, there is the famous Half Moon Bay beach in North Akumal Here you can find mixture of sand changing to rocks at the points. Footwear is recommended for entry. It has snorkeling, dive shop, water sports, kayaks and also has restaurants.


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