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The barrier reef that runs parallel to the Quintana Roo coast protects Akumal Beach from the open sea and makes it a great place to swim or snorkel.
The easy access to the reef makes it a great place for divers from all over the world, in search of unspoiled treasures.


Akumal is 22 miles south of Playa.
The name Akumal means place of the turtles in Maya.
It is one of the places where two of the endangered species of sea turtles who live in the Caribbean comes ashore to lay their eggs.
The bay, at one time was the place where thousands of turtles came ashore but now they have moved to a quieter spot.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great place for water sports
  • Cons:Most of the sights are below the water
  • In a nutshell:Tranquil Place
  • Last visit to Akumal: Nov 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    mexico - i never knew there was so much in it !

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    I've read about cenotes being places of sacrifices and worship--they seem so mysterious!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Lovely secluded lagoon! Sorry to hear it's more crowded the second time... today?

  • whitneyone's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2004 at 4:00 PM

    Some one else who knows about Akumal! A lovely place...we should really stop talking about it and keep it to ourselves. LOL thank you for your pages! whitney

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 8:06 AM

    I remember my first trip to Asia where the toilet manners where the same....the toilet overflowed and I learned!! hahahha Akumal looks like a fun destination! I've never seen big Turtles!


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