Akumal is famous for its world class beaches and high-end, luxury resorts. The area is situated in Riviera Maya and can be found in-between the popular holiday destinations of Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
The luxurious destination offers visitors the chance to enjoy a relaxing
vacation in relative peace and tranquillity.
There is a more subdued focus and a distinctly slower pace of life within Akumal Mexico. You will not come across the bright lights and energetic amenities that are usually associated with the neighbouring area of Cancun.
There is a small local community, the majority of tourism is centred around the impressive all-inclusive resorts, vacation rental apartments and beach based condos.
Akumal Mexico is known by the local Mayan population as the "Place of Turtles." This area offers a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Visitors can enjoy the opportunity to explore the spectacular coral reefs and look out for a glimpse of the beautiful Green Sea Turtles in their natural habitat.
There are scuba diving shops in the town, where you can rent equipment and book guided tours and lessons. You can venture out on a boat tour or simply swim to the reefs yourself. Many resorts and hotels in the region also offer these types of water activity sessions.
The population within Riviera Maya are very proud of their natural ecological features. A variety of environmental groups dedicate their time to preserve the precious ecosystem in Akumal.
It's important to take care when snorkeling or scuba diving, the golden rule is; don't touch anything. Just watch, observe and enjoy your surroundings in the beautiful underwater paradise.
It takes around an hour to travel to Akumal Mexico from the International Airport in Cancun. To get around the region itself, you will generally need
to travel by coach, rental car, taxi or the local collective busses.
It is not really possible to walk to many nearby amenities and attractions within the area.
If you're planning to stay in a private villa, then renting a car will probably be your best option.
A word of warning though, be prepared for a different perspective and technique of driving in Mexico than you may be used to from back home.
If you are staying in one of the large scale resorts, then it is not really necessary to hire a rental car for your vacation. Many travellers decide to stay within the grounds of their resort for the majority of their trip and take advantage of the range of onsite features.
If you decide to visit one of the many attractions within the Mayan Riviera, then there are plenty of scheduled coach tours for your convenience.
Akumal is home to a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing your ideal vacation accommodation. The area includes many popular Riviera Maya Hotels, a range of villa vacation rentals and a selection of well established bed and breakfasts.
In some of the large all inclusive resorts, you also have access to the adjoining sister hotels, so you could find yourself enjoying the widespread features and amenities in two or three resorts for the price of one.
If you prefer to be based in the extensive hotels, then there are many
excellent resorts to choose from, including…
5. Aquatech Villas DeRosa Resort
If on the other hand you prefer to stay in your own privately rented condo or villa, then you may enjoy one of the vacation rental options, including...1. Condo Half Moon Bay 2. Luna Azul Condo 3. Casa Cielo Akumal
The hotels, villas and condos in Akumal Mexico lead straight on to the
impressive array of beaches along the Caribbean Coast. In the extensive
all inclusive resorts, the beach areas are generally private.
You are usually likely to only encounter your fellow resort guests, whilst exploring the beach at your hotel.
Akumal Bay is the most famous beach in the area though and is open to both tourists and locals alike.
During busy seasons, the beach can be a hive of activity with a plentiful supply of sunbathers, boat tours, snorkelers and scuba divers.
There is also an interesting ecological education center based there, where you find out about the range of marine life and impressive coral formations that inhabit the local ecosystem.
Tourists from the neighbouring
areas of Tulum, Puerto Aventuras and
Playa del Carmen also often travel to the coastal hot spot to experience
the beautiful surroundings and enjoyable atmosphere.