What to do in Akumal?

What to do in Akumal - Yal-kú Lagoon

Akumal is one of those tourist areas that you fall in love with and cannot forget, it is a coastal area of the Riviera Maya that will give you magical and beautiful experiences to remember for a lifetime, a resort full of nature and entertainment for the benefit of everyone who visits it.

What to do in Akumal

What to do in Akumal?

This beautiful area of the Yucatan Peninsula has coral reefs and clear waters, bright white sand, a lot of marine life that will leave you amazed, and beautiful rivers, caves and cenotes that will leave you speechless thinking about wanting to return to visit and enjoy it again.

In this post we will be naming and explaining 15 things you can do or places you can visit during your stay in Akumal for the greatest possible enjoyment.

Akumal Beach

The beautiful Akumal Beach, known for being a luxury private beach, where you can eat in several restaurants and where you won’t have to walk too far from your hotel. Here you can hire a guide to enjoy the sea and swim with turtles or manta rays in a safe and fun way; at the end you will walk along the white sand with a great view of the landscape.

Yal-kú Lagoon

A secret of the entire Riviera Maya region, this beautiful lagoon is worthy of all admiration, here besides finding a place uncrowded by tourists and relaxing you will also find an artistic corridor and a place where fish make their lives with total freedom while being protected, this lagoon Yal-kú is known for the union of its currents of fresh water and salt water, so the fish spend much of their lives in this place and thus protect themselves naturally from predators.

What to do in Akumal - Yal-kú Lagoon

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is known for its famous coral reefs, and its beautiful marine life, from the fauna to the flora will leave you amazed in every possible way. Something we must make clear about this bay is that to visit it you must wear the right shoes to avoid getting hurt by the corals or the different marine rocks.

Dolphin Discovery

This beautiful dolphinarium or dolphin center is quite famous among locals and visitors to the area, here you can have the amazing experience of swimming with dolphins for about 40 to 60 minutes with surveillance and appropriate measures to make it safe for all participants.

And the dolphinarium not only focuses on the fun of swimming or playing with this species of aquatic mammals, but also focuses on educating those who visit about the anatomy of dolphins and how they behave.

What to do in Akumal - Dolphin Discovery

Akumal Ecological Center

The Akumal Ecological Center is dedicated to protect and preserve the ecosystem of the Akumal region, besides protecting the turtles of 4 beaches of the town, you can visit this place to learn about turtles and corals in its small museum, besides that if you have a little time and courage you can volunteer and help preserve turtles or their ecosystem, thus having magical memories.

Budha Garden SPA

This is an establishment that you probably won’t understand why it is here because a SPA is something very common around the world, but really this SPA has things that differentiate it from the rest, besides being located near the beach and having gardens that you will fall in love with, it has some blessing sessions and unique procedures of the Mayan culture, something that you will have to experience to understand the rage of this place.

What to do in Akumal - Budha Garden SPA

EcoRancho Mayamar

When thinking of the Riviera Maya the word “cenote” naturally comes to mind, this place called EcoRancho Mayamar is well known for its beautiful well preserved cenotes and its very knowledgeable guides. Their cenotes are mostly used for TV programs and shows because of the way they are preserved and cared for so that everyone can admire them as they truly are.

Natural Uxuxubi

This is a location inhabited by a rural community, which earns its income from more eco-friendly tourism, here you can see crocodiles and caimans in their most natural state, and you can also admire how this region has remained so stable by being mostly rural and offering vegetables grown by themselves.

Uxuxubi al Natural

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

We are referring to monkeys that were rescued by the public animal protection services and then taken to this sanctuary. We could call it a zoo but the reality is that here the monkeys are free and humans only visit them without disturbing them, with the necessary security so that no one gets hurt.

Akumal Nature Rescue

This center is a natural reserve for the protection of biodiversity, here you will find all kinds of animals and plants, all of which are protected and cared for by the non-profit foundation. You can opt for a tour as if it were a safari being guided even by the owners of Akumal Nature Rescue, another thing we must say is that there is a private cenote with direct connection to a cave, it is semi-open and works to house other animal species.

Akumal Nature Rescue - que ver akumal

Aktun Chen

Aktun Chen, another of Akumal’s many ecological parks, you will find that it is a piece of jungle that is totally protected and cared for, here you will be able to see parrots, cuatíes, toucans, etc, all this in the safest and most guided way possible so as not to harm these species of animals. Another amazing and fun thing that will brighten up your trip and visit will be the zip line, which crosses the small jungle that houses Aktun Chen, so you will feel like part of it enjoying it even more, another thing you will find is a totally subway river where you can snorkel.

Xpu-ha Beach

We are talking about one of the beaches located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, with clear water and totally white sand and soft to the touch, here you can hire tent services to hang out and relax, you can also order food in the nearby restaurants that give so much life to the town that you will end up loving it.

Playa Xpu-ha

Akumal Village

The town of Akumal is recognized in the community of Tulum for the care for the ecosystem that they have in each of its streets or places, these people are full of values and kindness, which will make you feel welcome and at home quickly. This town is full of life and warmth in every block you visit, even the small food stalls of the region make a difference, that we can guarantee.

Chemuyil Beach

One of those beaches that you can’t miss every time you come to Akumal, virgin sand and clear water, with marine life that will make you fall in love and even vegetation that will leave you speechless, this beach is only 10 minutes away from Akumal and is very close to Aktun Chen, which makes it a perfect plan to enjoy leaving Aktun Chen and watch the sunset at the edge of the beach without many people around.

Playa Chemuyil

Santa Cruz Cenote

This beautiful subway cenote is one of the most magical of the town, and the intimacy you feel when visiting it and witnessing all that mystical vibe, in response to the beliefs of the Mayans about the cenotes, you will be pleased to know that not many people can attend at the same time, so you will not feel like in a pool with more people, you will really want to come back to experience it.


To finish with this post of things or places to visit in Akumal we must tell you that you will love this location of the Riviera Maya, for all its magical touch and its eco-friendly greatness, all its people care about taking care of the environment and also to make you feel welcome the minute you step on their land, you will not regret to make this trip and enjoy with total confidence; we recommend that you use private transportation for a better experience and save much more time in transfer.

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