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'''Akumal''' is a small town between [[Playa del Carmen]] and [[Tulum]] on the [[Yucatan Peninsula]] of [[Mexico]].   
 
'''Akumal''' is a small town between [[Playa del Carmen]] and [[Tulum]] on the [[Yucatan Peninsula]] of [[Mexico]].   
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In the heart of the Riviera Maya just 37 km from Playa del Carmen and just one hour south of Cancun, Akumal is one of the best places to visit in the Mexican Caribbean for its great variety of beautiful beaches and tourist services.
  
[[Image:Akumal Bay.jpg|thumb|350px|Akumal Bay]]
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Akumal in the Mayan language means "Land of turtles" and it is still one of the favorite places for these marine animals to spawn. However, what makes Akumal charming and fascinating for tourists from around the world, is its spectacular bay with clear waters and underground rivers. Akumal is one of the most peaceful places in the Riviera Maya: one protected shallow bay with a secluded beach and a nearby reef.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Fly into [[Cancun]] and rent a car for the drive to Akumal. There are also buses and shuttles with some hotels or dive shops offering free shuttles.  Akumal is approximately a 1 hour drive from Cancun.
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The nearest Airport to Akumal is the Cancun International Airport. Fly into [[Cancun]] and rent a car for the drive to Akumal. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cancun.
  
You can also book private transportation from different reliable companies such as:
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You can also pre-book a private transfer from the airport to your destination. There are dozens of companies offering this service on internet to pre-book and even directly at the Airport. Also, you can choose between sharing the vehicle or have it private just for you and your party. Some of the options are:
 
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*Discovery Mundo
*[http://www.discoverymundo.com/transportation '''Discovery Mundo''']Private transportation to any hotel in Akumal at excellent rates. They also have VIP service. You need to book online.
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*BestDay
*[http://amstardmc.com/mexico/destinations/riviera_maya/riviera_maya_transport.php '''Amstar Airport Transfers'''] Deluxe and Private Akumal Transfers from the Airport. More than 20 years of quality service.  
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*Amstar DMC
*[http://www.cancunlimo.net/ Cancun Limo]
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*Olympus Tours
*[http://www.cancunvalet.com/ '''Cancun Valet''']
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*USA Transfers
*[http://www.entertainment-plus.net/ '''Entertainment Plus''']
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*Paradise Transfers
*[http://www.usa-transfers.com/ '''USA Transfers''']
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*[http://www.besttransfers.com/ '''Best Transfers''']
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There are also buses and shuttles with some hotels or dive shops offering free shuttles. Ask your hotel or attraction provider if available.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Unless you plan on just staying in Akumal, you will need a rental car to get around.  The closest sights are at least a 20 minute drive. However, if you're not comfortable driving in a foreign country, there are plenty of taxis to take you wherever you need to go.
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Unless you plan on just staying in Akumal, you will need a rental car to get around.  The closest sights are at least a 20 min drive. However, if you're not comfortable driving in a foreign country, there are plenty of taxis to take you wherever you need to go.
  
There are also ''colectivos'', a local 15-passenger van service that runs between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. They're cheap (20 pesos per person), and usually full, but run very frequently. You can catch the colectivos off the main highway. If you are standing on the side of the highway the driver will flash his lights at you if he has room in his van. This is the preferred local way of getting around.
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There are also ''colectivos'', a local 15-passenger van service that runs between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. They're cheap (35 pesos per person), and usually full, but run very frequently. You can catch the colectivos off the main highway. If you are standing on the side of the highway the driver will flash his lights at you if he has room in his van. This is the preferred local way of getting around.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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[[Image:Akumal Statue.JPG|thumb|Statue in town]]
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Akumal has a beautiful bay with a wide white sand beach, wonderfully warm blue-green water and great snorkeling. Cute little town with several restaurants.
  
[[Image:Akumal Statue.JPG|thumb|250px|Statue in town]]
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==Do==
  
Akumal has a beautiful bay with a wide white sand beach, wonderfully warm blue-green water and great snorkeling.  Cute little town with several restaurants.
 
 
==Do==
 
 
===Snorkeling===
 
===Snorkeling===
 
With the destruction of hurricane Wilma, the reefs near Akumal were damaged.  However, a snorkeling trip is still very worth the time and expense.
 
With the destruction of hurricane Wilma, the reefs near Akumal were damaged.  However, a snorkeling trip is still very worth the time and expense.
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Since coral dies on human contact, you should avoid touching coral at all costs.  It is also illegal to touch the wildlife, such as the sea turtles, so please do not try to ride them or bother them in any way.
 
Since coral dies on human contact, you should avoid touching coral at all costs.  It is also illegal to touch the wildlife, such as the sea turtles, so please do not try to ride them or bother them in any way.
 
As of January 2006, there were five juvenile green sea turtles living in the bay.
 
As of January 2006, there were five juvenile green sea turtles living in the bay.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj_OzcWUbGY&list=TLAAc7ve0djRrOXprVOco1aMH8Oyrd_NXz&t=20s
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===Other===
 
===Other===
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* '''Cenote/cave diving'''.
 
* '''Cenote/cave diving'''.
 
* '''Sunbathing'''. Enjoy the sunny beaches.
 
* '''Sunbathing'''. Enjoy the sunny beaches.
* '''Ecological Center'''. Visit the Ecological Center, [[http://www.xelha.com/ Xel-Ha]] at the end of Akumal bay to learn more about the area's ecosystems, species and local environmental events.
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* '''Ecological Center'''. Visit the [http://www.xelha.com/ Xel-Ha] Ecological Center, at the end of Akumal bay to learn more about the area's ecosystems, species and local environmental events.
* '''Scuba Diving''',  [[http://www.alwaysdiving.com Always Diving]].Amazing dive experience in cancun, diving lessons and professional diving guide in the best dive spots in Cancun Quintana Roo.
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* '''Scuba Diving''',  [http://www.alwaysdiving.com Always Diving]. Diving lessons and professional diving guide in the best dive spots in Cancun Quintana Roo.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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There are also other restaurants in North Akumal (near Half Moon Bay):
 
There are also other restaurants in North Akumal (near Half Moon Bay):
 
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* '''La Buena Vida'''. A restaurant and bar with swings instead of bar stools
* '''La Buena Vida'''. A restaurant and bar with swings instead of bar stools
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In nearby Chemuyil:  
 
In nearby Chemuyil:  
 
* '''Leo's Pizza'''
 
* '''Leo's Pizza'''
 
*<eat name="Loncheria" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
 
*<eat name="Loncheria" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Que Onda" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Que onda (Akumal). 13.00-21.00. Continue down the street passed Buena Vida, 2,5 km from Akumal Centre, you find one of the oldest restaurantes in Akumat. For 20 years Maribelle and Luis has made food for the locals here. The best atmostphere in all Akumal. Ask taxi drivers for directions. Cheap.
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</eat>
  
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
Most restaurants serve beer.  Lol Ha and La Buena Vida have a full bar.
 
Most restaurants serve beer.  Lol Ha and La Buena Vida have a full bar.
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*<drink name="Que onda" alt="Akumal" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="13.00-21.00" price="Cheap" lat="" long="">Continue down the street passed Buena Vida, 2,5 km from Akumal Centre,  you find one of the oldest restaurantes in Akumat. For 20 years Maribelle and Luis has made food for the locals here. The best atmostphere in all Akumal. Ask taxi drivers for directions.</drink>
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="'''Akumal Direct Reservations www.i-akumal.com'''" alt="" address="Half Moon Bay, Akumal" directions="Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun" phone="01-877-489-6600" url="http://www.i-akumal.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price=US$75-US$3000/night">What ever your budget or requirements, Akumal Direct Reservations can help you find your perfect vacation accomodation.  We have a really wide range of properties in the Akumal area to offer you, ranging from hotel rooms or casitas, to condos, to luxury villas. We live here in Akumal and we know there area. Give us a call!</sleep>
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*<sleep name="'''Akumal Direct Reservations www.i-akumal.com'''" alt="" address="Half Moon Bay, Akumal" directions="Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun" phone="01-877-489-6600" url="http://www.i-akumal.com" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price=US$75-3000/night">What ever your budget or requirements, Akumal Direct Reservations can help you find your perfect vacation accomodation.  We have a really wide range of properties in the Akumal area to offer you, ranging from hotel rooms or casitas, to condos, to luxury villas. We live here in Akumal and we know there area. Give us a call!</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Condo Half Moon Bay #2 &amp; 4" alt="" address="Lote 41-B, Secc. G" directions="Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun" phone="01-404-508-6060" url="http://halfmoonbay-mx.com/" checkin="13:00" checkout="12:00" price="$160-480/nt" lat="20.4167" long="-87.3000">Condo Half Moon Bay is a four bedroom vacation rental located in North Akumal, 1/4 mile north of Akumal Bay. The condo accommodates from 2 to 10 guests comfortably and can be rented as separate two bedroom units.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Condo Half Moon Bay #2 &amp; 4" alt="" address="Lote 41-B, Secc. G" directions="Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun" phone="01-404-508-6060" url="http://halfmoonbay-mx.com/" checkin="13:00" checkout="12:00" price="$160-480/nt" lat="20.4167" long="-87.3000">Condo Half Moon Bay is a four bedroom vacation rental located in North Akumal, 1/4 mile north of Akumal Bay. The condo accommodates from 2 to 10 guests comfortably and can be rented as separate two bedroom units.</sleep>
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* <sleep name= address="" phone="011-52-984-875-9071" url="" price="Starts at ″></sleep>
 
* <sleep name= address="" phone="011-52-984-875-9071" url="" price="Starts at ″></sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Las Casitas Akumal" address="Kilometer 104, Puerto Juarez-Tulum Hwy Akumal, Quintana Roo" phone="011-52-984-875-9071" url="http://www.onlyrivieramaya.org/Vista_Hotel.asp?IDH=27" price="Best rates on official website start at USD 212.00++">Our turquoise sea front location offers everything you expect and more. Akumal Bay is the jewel of the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The natural beauty, casual elegance and excellent service will ensure you enjoy a quiet and luxurious stay in a magical unforgettable landscape of Las Casitas Akumal.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Las Casitas Akumal" address="Kilometer 104, Puerto Juarez-Tulum Hwy Akumal, Quintana Roo" phone="011-52-984-875-9071" url="http://www.onlyrivieramaya.org/Vista_Hotel.asp?IDH=27" price="Best rates on official website start at US$212.00++">Our turquoise sea front location offers everything you expect and more. Akumal Bay is the jewel of the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The natural beauty, casual elegance and excellent service will ensure you enjoy a quiet and luxurious stay in a magical unforgettable landscape of Las Casitas Akumal.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Club Akumal Caribe" alt="" address="Km. 104 Carretera Pto.Juarez-Tulum, Akumal, Mexico" directions="" phone="52 (984) 875 90 12" url="http://www.onlyrivieramaya.org/Vista_Hotel.asp?IDH=26" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Experience Akumal Bay's crystal clear turquoise waters and bright clear sand that never burns your feet in Club Akumal Caribe. Discover the charm of Club Akumal Caribe. They provide personalized service and the best service in the Riviera Maya. Come, discover and exceedsyour expectations with Club Akumal Caribe. They are always ready to welcome you on your next vacation.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Club Akumal Caribe" alt="" address="Km. 104 Carretera Pto.Juarez-Tulum, Akumal, Mexico" directions="" phone="52 (984) 875 90 12" url="http://www.onlyrivieramaya.org/Vista_Hotel.asp?IDH=26" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Experience Akumal Bay's crystal clear turquoise waters and bright clear sand that never burns your feet in Club Akumal Caribe. Discover the charm of Club Akumal Caribe. They provide personalized service and the best service in the Riviera Maya. Come, discover and exceedsyour expectations with Club Akumal Caribe. They are always ready to welcome you on your next vacation.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Unahkin#3" alt="" address="Aventuras Akumal" directions="2.7 miles south from Akumal Bay" phone="529841080320" url="http://www.rentalsinaumalcom" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$90" lat="" long="">Four condo building placed just in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in Akumal's area. This white sandy beach is also one of the most visited by the turtles in the nesting season, between May and September.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Unahkin#3" alt="" address="Aventuras Akumal" directions="2.7 miles south from Akumal Bay" phone="529841080320" url="http://www.rentalsinaumalcom" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$90" lat="" long="">Four condo building placed just in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in Akumal's area. This white sandy beach is also one of the most visited by the turtles in the nesting season, between May and September.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Que Onda" alt="Akumal" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="13.00" checkout="13.00" price="600 pesos. " lat="" long="">Que Onda is a smal guest house behind the best restaurant in Akumal. Has 6 -10 rooms. If you want breakfast, ask when checking in. Always takes dropins, apart from tuesdays. Has swimmingpool. Nice staff. Friendly. Quiet. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Que Onda directions: " alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Ask the always friendly and helpfull taxidrivers in the centre.</sleep>
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==Cope==
 
==Cope==
 
 
* '''Bug repellent'''.
 
* '''Bug repellent'''.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
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* '''[[Tulum]]'''.  About a 20 min drive to see the Mayan ruins here.
* '''[[Tulum]]'''.  About a 20 minute drive to see the Mayan ruins here.
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* '''[[Playa del Carmen]]'''. Drive over for shopping/bar hopping.  Playa del Carmen also has a ferry boat that goes to [[Cozumel]].  Great day trip for scuba divers!
* '''[[Playa del Carmen]]'''. Drive over for shopping/bar hopping.  Playa del Carmen also has a ferry boat that goes to [[Cozumel]].  Great day trip for scuba divers!
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*'''[[Chichen Itza]]'''. About 2&nbsp;hr from Akumal, featuring the ruins of a large Mayan city. Tours are available, and many include a stop in Volladolid, a small colonial town.
*'''[[Chichen Itza]]'''. About two hours from Akumal, featuring the ruins of a large Mayan city. Tours are available, and many include a stop in Volladolid, a small colonial town.
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Latest revision as of 22:59, 9 June 2014

Akumal Bay

Akumal is a small town between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. In the heart of the Riviera Maya just 37 km from Playa del Carmen and just one hour south of Cancun, Akumal is one of the best places to visit in the Mexican Caribbean for its great variety of beautiful beaches and tourist services.

Akumal in the Mayan language means "Land of turtles" and it is still one of the favorite places for these marine animals to spawn. However, what makes Akumal charming and fascinating for tourists from around the world, is its spectacular bay with clear waters and underground rivers. Akumal is one of the most peaceful places in the Riviera Maya: one protected shallow bay with a secluded beach and a nearby reef.

Get in[edit]

The nearest Airport to Akumal is the Cancun International Airport. Fly into Cancun and rent a car for the drive to Akumal. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cancun.

You can also pre-book a private transfer from the airport to your destination. There are dozens of companies offering this service on internet to pre-book and even directly at the Airport. Also, you can choose between sharing the vehicle or have it private just for you and your party. Some of the options are:

  • Discovery Mundo
  • BestDay
  • Amstar DMC
  • Olympus Tours
  • USA Transfers
  • Paradise Transfers

There are also buses and shuttles with some hotels or dive shops offering free shuttles. Ask your hotel or attraction provider if available.

Get around[edit]

Unless you plan on just staying in Akumal, you will need a rental car to get around. The closest sights are at least a 20 min drive. However, if you're not comfortable driving in a foreign country, there are plenty of taxis to take you wherever you need to go.

There are also colectivos, a local 15-passenger van service that runs between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. They're cheap (35 pesos per person), and usually full, but run very frequently. You can catch the colectivos off the main highway. If you are standing on the side of the highway the driver will flash his lights at you if he has room in his van. This is the preferred local way of getting around.

See[edit][add listing]

Statue in town

Akumal has a beautiful bay with a wide white sand beach, wonderfully warm blue-green water and great snorkeling. Cute little town with several restaurants.

Do[edit][add listing]

Snorkeling[edit]

With the destruction of hurricane Wilma, the reefs near Akumal were damaged. However, a snorkeling trip is still very worth the time and expense. There are three options for snorkeling:

  1. Go on a tour provided by one of the two dive shops in town. It is $40 USD per person.
  2. Go on an "unofficial" tour. If you stand on the beach with a clueless look on your face, a local may approach you and offer to take you snorkeling on his glass-bottomed boat. It is usually $20 USD per person and includes snorkeling equipment. The guide will attempt to find the famous sea turtles for you and show you different corals and fish. Make sure you are comfortable swimming with flippers as the guide may swim quickly from site to site.
  3. Rent or buy your own equipment and swim out alone. The coral reefs are not too far from the shore and can be easily accessed by swimming, especially with the help of a life preserver. Much of the bay is not more than five feet deep. Be very careful to stay away from the "fire reef" marked with buoys and a distinctive red colored coral. It stings and excessive contact can be fatal.

Since coral dies on human contact, you should avoid touching coral at all costs. It is also illegal to touch the wildlife, such as the sea turtles, so please do not try to ride them or bother them in any way. As of January 2006, there were five juvenile green sea turtles living in the bay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj_OzcWUbGY&list=TLAAc7ve0djRrOXprVOco1aMH8Oyrd_NXz&t=20s


Other[edit]

  • Scuba diving. There are three dive shops in town.
  • Cenote/cave diving.
  • Sunbathing. Enjoy the sunny beaches.
  • Ecological Center. Visit the Xel-Ha Ecological Center, at the end of Akumal bay to learn more about the area's ecosystems, species and local environmental events.
  • Scuba Diving, Always Diving. Diving lessons and professional diving guide in the best dive spots in Cancun Quintana Roo.

Buy[edit][add listing]

A few small shops in town. No real shopping to speak of.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Lol Ha Restaurant. Right on the beach in Akumal Bay -- great view!
  • Cueva del Pescador.
  • Turtle Bay Cafe.
  • Cocina Economico.
  • Lucy's Tacos. Across the street from Super Chomak by the area where the market is held

There are also other restaurants in North Akumal (near Half Moon Bay):

  • La Buena Vida. A restaurant and bar with swings instead of bar stools

In nearby Chemuyil:

  • Leo's Pizza
  • Loncheria.  edit
  • Que Onda. Que onda (Akumal). 13.00-21.00. Continue down the street passed Buena Vida, 2,5 km from Akumal Centre, you find one of the oldest restaurantes in Akumat. For 20 years Maribelle and Luis has made food for the locals here. The best atmostphere in all Akumal. Ask taxi drivers for directions. Cheap.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Most restaurants serve beer. Lol Ha and La Buena Vida have a full bar.

  • Que onda (Akumal). 13.00-21.00. Continue down the street passed Buena Vida, 2,5 km from Akumal Centre, you find one of the oldest restaurantes in Akumat. For 20 years Maribelle and Luis has made food for the locals here. The best atmostphere in all Akumal. Ask taxi drivers for directions. Cheap.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • '''Akumal Direct Reservations www.i-akumal.com''', Half Moon Bay, Akumal (Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun), 01-877-489-6600, [1]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. What ever your budget or requirements, Akumal Direct Reservations can help you find your perfect vacation accomodation. We have a really wide range of properties in the Akumal area to offer you, ranging from hotel rooms or casitas, to condos, to luxury villas. We live here in Akumal and we know there area. Give us a call!  edit
  • Condo Half Moon Bay #2 & 4, Lote 41-B, Secc. G (Highway 307 90 minutes south of Cancun), 01-404-508-6060, [2]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Condo Half Moon Bay is a four bedroom vacation rental located in North Akumal, 1/4 mile north of Akumal Bay. The condo accommodates from 2 to 10 guests comfortably and can be rented as separate two bedroom units. $160-480/nt. (20.4167,-87.3000) edit
  • 011-52-984-875-9071.
  • Las Casitas Akumal, Kilometer 104, Puerto Juarez-Tulum Hwy Akumal, Quintana Roo, 011-52-984-875-9071, [3]. Our turquoise sea front location offers everything you expect and more. Akumal Bay is the jewel of the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The natural beauty, casual elegance and excellent service will ensure you enjoy a quiet and luxurious stay in a magical unforgettable landscape of Las Casitas Akumal. Best rates on official website start at US$212.00++.  edit
  • Club Akumal Caribe, Km. 104 Carretera Pto.Juarez-Tulum, Akumal, Mexico, 52 (984) 875 90 12, [4]. Experience Akumal Bay's crystal clear turquoise waters and bright clear sand that never burns your feet in Club Akumal Caribe. Discover the charm of Club Akumal Caribe. They provide personalized service and the best service in the Riviera Maya. Come, discover and exceedsyour expectations with Club Akumal Caribe. They are always ready to welcome you on your next vacation.  edit
  • Unahkin#3, Aventuras Akumal (2.7 miles south from Akumal Bay), 529841080320, [5]. Four condo building placed just in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in Akumal's area. This white sandy beach is also one of the most visited by the turtles in the nesting season, between May and September. US$90.  edit
  • Que Onda (Akumal). checkin: 13.00; checkout: 13.00. Que Onda is a smal guest house behind the best restaurant in Akumal. Has 6 -10 rooms. If you want breakfast, ask when checking in. Always takes dropins, apart from tuesdays. Has swimmingpool. Nice staff. Friendly. Quiet. 600 pesos..  edit
  • Que Onda directions:. Ask the always friendly and helpfull taxidrivers in the centre.  edit


Cope[edit]

  • Bug repellent.

Get out[edit]

  • Tulum. About a 20 min drive to see the Mayan ruins here.
  • Playa del Carmen. Drive over for shopping/bar hopping. Playa del Carmen also has a ferry boat that goes to Cozumel. Great day trip for scuba divers!
  • Chichen Itza. About 2 hr from Akumal, featuring the ruins of a large Mayan city. Tours are available, and many include a stop in Volladolid, a small colonial town.
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