Akumal, also known as "Place of the Turtle," is a wonderful eco-village located about 25 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. It was originally established 50 years ago as a haven for Scuba Divers. Today, it is still a thriving diving community with great access to the Caribbean reef and the cenotes and cave systems in the jungle close by. Another popular Akumal activity is snorkeling—the area is one of the very best snorkeling spots on the coast with it's calm waters and large population of resident sea turtles. If you are not a diver or snorkeler, Akumal offers 2 wonderful beaches, Yalku Lagoon, a host of small restaurants and boutiques to enjoy, and an abundance of Akumal lodging.
Jade Beach / South Akumal
Jade Beach is a continuation of Akumal Bay and is located about one mile south of the village of Akumal on the Riviera Maya. This is a quiet area made up of private vacation homes and also a great place to snorkel as the reef comes very close to the beach here. There is a small restaurant on the bay, although it is an easy walk along the beach to the amenities of Akumal.
South Akumal is a lovely white sandy bay to the south of Punta Sur on the other side of the point from Jade Bay. This is a quiet gated residential community of Akumal vacation homes and the Seven Seas condos. South Akumal is a popular location for repeat customers.
Located on a fabulous beach, the residential communities of Aventuras Akumal have great swimming and snorkeling right out the front door. Aventuras Akumal also has a small store where you can buy snacks and essentials, and a small hotel with an on-site restaurant. It is also located within easy walking distance to the large Bahia Principe beach resort which has a mall for gifts and souvenirs, a nightclub, and even a 27 hole golf course!
A beautiful film location for many TV commercials, this picture perfect bay on the Riviera Maya is home to a number of large, exclusive Akumal rental homes. It is a private gated community and a favorite for many who come back for an Akumal vacation year after year.
Tankah Bay is located immediately south of Soliman Bay, approximately 7 miles north of Tulum. This is a lovely area famous for the Manatee Cenote and a number of stunning Riviera Maya vacation homes. There is a dive center here and a restaurant should you wish to stay local. There are a host of amenities just a short drive away in the town of Tulum.
Tulum / Sian Ka'an
Tulum is one of the new growing hotspots in the Riviera Maya. With a lovely Mayan ruin perched majestically atop the cliffs and kilometers of fabulous white picture postcard beach, it's no wonder that the beautiful and eco-chic are choosing to spend an Akumal vacation here. Tulum also has a great range of amenities such as a super market, good restaurants, shops, internet cafes, and nightlife, as well as a variety of activities.
Just south of Tulum beach, the area turns into the UNESCO protected Sian Ka'an Biosphere. This incredibly diverse area is home to a massive range of indigenous flora and fauna and millions of migrating birds. There are literally miles and miles of pristine and uncrowded beach. Take a kayak out onto the lagoon for some excellent wildlife spotting. A little futher south, Boca Paila offers incredible sand flats fishing.
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Beaches and Communities South of Akumal