Picture crystal clear waters lapping gently at white sand shores and lush green palm trees swaying in the wind. Imagine diving into azure waters and swimming with green sea turtles. Discover the lush paradise that is Akumal, Mexico. Read on to discover why this town has something for everyone, from beaches to wildlife to incredible history…
Akumal boasts some truly stunning beaches. Whether your idea of a day well spent is relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in hand or getting out on the water, there’s something for you! Explore the open water on a sailboat, or explore the hidden underwater beauty of the reefs on a dive. Akumal Beach is famous for its green sea turtles and in general for its spectacular array of sea life, so be sure not to miss your chance to discover some truly breathtaking sights!
The Yucatan Peninsula is famous for its cenotes and Akumal is no exception. Formed from the limestone rock collapsing and revealing a cavern below, cenotes are perfect for swimming and exploring. Some of our favourites near Akumal include Cenote Jardin del Eden and Azul, as well as Cristalino and Santa Cruz. Furthermore, snorkelling equipment is often available for hire, allowing you to discover the most of these underwater paradises. Our South American Travel Specialists recommend arriving early or late in the day to avoid the crowds, and wearing biodegradable sunscreen to avoid harming the environment.
If you thought Akumal was just sun, sand and swimming, well we have a 700-year-old surprise for you! In between your day trips to cenotes and beaches, make sure you add a trip to the 13th century Tulum Ruins to your list. Enclosed by an enormous 784-metre wall on all sides, the site features the remains of a castle. Today, it remains unknown what happened to the people who once lived here.
For an even further journey back in time, you can’t miss the Coba Mayan Ruins. An ancient Mayan city settled in the 1st century and peaking between 600 and 900 AD, it is thought to have been home to over 50,000 inhabitants. Climb the breathtaking Nohoch Mul Pyramid and stroll through the Coba Group, which includes two ball courts and a church. After all that exploring, cool off in the nearby cenotes– is there any better way to end an adventure to an ancient jungle city?
Combining the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula and a host of different action activities, Aktun Chen is an adventure park you can’t pass by. It is best known for its mesmerising underground river and cave. Snorkel amongst tiny fish and also walk with tiny white-tipped deer, as you navigate between giant stalactites and stalagmites. Above ground, enjoy activities such as zip lining through the rainforest. If you’re only in Akumal for a short time, this is a great way to see and experience a variety of things!
Situated north of Akumal Beach, this lagoon is a network of mangroves, small islands and coves. Protected from the rough water of the ocean, Yal-ku Lagoon is ideal for snorkelling and is home to a vibrant array of sea life. Furthermore, it is the perfect place to bring the family, with shallow waters and good facilities. Enjoy spending the afternoon chasing colourful fish and relaxing in the shade of the leafy jungle afterwards.
A truly stunning place, Akumal cannot be missed! If you have limited time and are looking for a taste of everything, this really is the place for you…