Thursday, 7 February 2013

Explore Akumal... a hidden natural treasure, home of many turtles' species

Mayan Explore recommends you travel to Akumal, while you are on holiday in Cancun. This magical small town will offer you the once in a life time experience to swim with the famous and fantastic Akumal turtles or, if you prefer, dive and snorkel around the world´s second largest reef.
This quaint and picturesque town is located just 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 10 minutes from Tulum. The Half Moon Bay of Akumal gives you the chance to see an abundance of marine life, schools of fish, barracudas, rays, lobsters and of course sea turtles in a free natural environment. This area is one of the best places for snorkeling in Riviera Maya Mexico.

Akumal Turtles
Marine turtle in Akumal 
Upon arriving to Akumal you will be blown away by the color of the sea. A few steps further and you will see how calm and clear the water is and its charming sense of peace and tranquility. Now it’s just a question of choosing your palm tree to leave your things under, grab your snorkel and mask and head to the warm Caribbean Sea. Just an Amazing ingredient to your Cancun and Riviera Maya vacations.
Akumal beach
Akumal has its very own Turtle Protection Project in which they work very closely with the Tourism Board to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these amazing creatures and the eco-system. Threfore, it is important we do the same while we are on vacations in Cancun and Riviera Maya and we travel to Akumal.

Where to stay in Akumal

Mayan Explore gives you different options to plan the vacations of your dreams. In Akumal you will find different options to stay, from budget and hostels to luxury hotels. One of the most famous hotels in the Hotel Club Akumal Caribe and Vista del Mar Akumal.

Akumal Condo Rental

Akumal is very famous for tourists who would like to stay for a month in Mexico in a beachfront condo. Some of the most famous places for rent are the following: Luna Azul Condominiums, Akumal Escape, Casa Gatos, Casa Serenidad, Crystal Azul, La Bahia, La Joya.
If you would like to rent a villa or condo, send an email to and we will guarantee you the best rate.

Akumal Sunset
Sunset in Akumal 
Top things to do in Akumal

Akumal is a great place to spend a day with your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or friends. The activities that we suggest are those that everybody loves to do here.
  1. Snorkel in Akumal with sea turtles. There exist some tours on the main beach that can take you to see them.
  2. Visit Yal Ku Lagoon. A perfect place for families to snorkel and swim. Located just 5 minutes from Akumal Bay.
  3. Organize with one of the local Akumal Diving Tours to see the “Motorcycle Reef”: a 15 year old motor bike located many meters under the sea, now covered by live coral and attracts a wide variety of multi-colored fish.
  4. Take a tour to a cenote in the area.
  5. Rent a bike and explore the hidden places of Akumal.
  6. Or simply kick back and enjoy an ice-cold beverage and forget about all your worries.
  7. Akumal nightlife: The restaurants Lol- Ha and La Cueva del Pescador are the famous places where locals go out for a glass of wine or a beer. However, there are no nightclubs.
Whatever you do, we are sure you will have some amazing vacations whether you stay the night or you travel from Cancun or some place else in Riviera Maya.

Akumal Restaurants

Top places:

- To quench your thirst head for an ice cold drink at the ocean front restaurant: Lol-Ha Restaurant at the hotel Akumal Caribe.
- Try the chocolate chip ice cream at Lucy’s Kitchen. 
- Stop by at the Cueva de Pescador for their famous ceviche. This is our favorite restaurant in Akumal.
- There's a beach club in Akumal called La Buena Vida, we highly recommend it, specialy if you go with your family. 

Akumal Beach Club La Buena Vida
A typical restaurant in Akumal
Akumal Shopping
There exist some small boutiques where you’ll find the typical Mexican handcrafts, art galleries and souvenir shops. At the entrance of Akumal, on your right-hand side you’ll find a supermarket where you can buy whatever you need for your vacations.

Cancun / Playa del Carmen to Akumal Transportation
Akumal is an easy drive approximately one hour south of Cancun straight down the coast, after Playa del Carmen. To get to Akumal you need to take a taxi, a colectivo (public vans that you can take on the highway), or rent a car. The distance from Playa del Carmen to Akumal is 30 minutes.

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