Xpu Ha means “morning dew” in Maya, and this location is so named for its great beauty and luscious and spectacular vegetation. The Xpu Ha main beach is beautiful and wide, with clear water that is easy to enter with limited rocks and coral. With a beach club that serves food and beverages, you will be set up to spend a relaxing day in the sun. There are three public access points off the highway --- look for the KSM Kite sign, La Playa Beach Club billboard/sign or Xpu Ha sign --- the people at the rope entry will charge you a small fee to access the beach on the bumpy road.
Puerto Aventuras is the center of sport fishing, sailing and yachting for the Riviera Maya. This gated-entrance waterfront community is centered around one of the few deep water marinas available between Cancun and Belize City. Puerto Aventuras or "Puerto" as it is called by locals has a nice but small beach, 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, scuba diving, unique shopping and many restaurants. It is well known to sport fishermen as well as folks with yachts and sailboats. Puerto Aventuras is located 10 minutes north of Akumal and 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen.
Official website of Puerto Aventuras with information on the marina, golf course and other services.
Paamul began many years ago as an RV park and has morphed into a vibrant community of palapa homes. Most of the residents of Paamul are American and Canadian retirees who spend the winter months in their little piece of paradise and return to their country of origin in the spring. Paamul has a community center and church, a small dive shop, a beachfront restaurant featuring Brazilian specialties and a full service bar, and a pool with palapas and loungers for relaxing. Paamul's small bay offers wonderful snorkeling and kayaking and a relatively uncrowded beach --- except for on Sunday when local families come to enjoy the beachfront pool and restaurant!
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a bustling and cosmopolitan town located just under an hour's drive south of Cancun and the airport. Playa del Carmen or "Playa" as it is known by the locals, is a young international city with residents from all around the world. Many Swiss, Italian, German and Cuba nationals have made Playa del Carmen their homes. This combined with rich Mexican culture, Mayan heritage and a tropical vibe, make Playa an eclectic and vibrant place to be. Many people obviously agree, as Playa is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America!
The tourist area of Playa del Carmen runs from 5th Avenue, known as "Quinta Avenida" to the beach. Quinta Avenida is great for souvenir shopping. Playa del Carmen is filled with restaurants, bars and dance clubs. Live music can be found here any night of the week, making it great for a night on the town. The beach here is very nice with long stretches of white sand. The area nearest the ferry docks is usually very busy but as you walk north or south from the ferry terminal the crowds lessen.
From the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal you can catch a ferry to Cozumel for spectacular wall diving. Ferries run frequently during business hours making it easy to get over and back for a day of diving or exploring the island. Playa is also a great place to shop for groceries and other supplies. For visitors to Akumal and points south, we recommend you stop in Playa del Carmen or Puerto Aventuras on the way from the airport for groceries. There are also many banks, money exchanges and pharmacies along the way.
There are many great information sources related to Playa del Carmen on the web. Here are some of our favorites:
Playa.Info Includes a forum where you can find the answers to all of your questions and the ones you didn't know you had! Also includes a Beta version interactive map of the city.
Interactive Vistors Map of Playa del CarmenTravelYucatan.com (Print Version Too!)
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Beaches and Communities North of Akumal