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Akumal Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 206 photos

Travel Dates: March 15 2005, March 8 2007, December 5 2011.

Akumal (pronounced "a-coo-moll") means "land/place of the turtles" in the Mayan language. The actual town itself (shown above) is a dusty little village on the top of a hill right beside Highway 307, between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. Take a good look at this sleepy little village because you probably won’t recognize it in a few years--growth in the Akumal beachfront area is booming and massive development of the downtown will probably come with it very soon. There’s not much to see in the tiny downtown--some small shops selling to locals, kids playing, dogs wandering around aimlessly, and some workers taking naps on the sidewalks. There are definitely no tourists.

Akumal Beaches

The Akumal beaches are a different story. They're not crowded like the beach in Cancun or Playa Del Carmen, this is where you really want to be when visiting. There are lots of little restaurants, great places to swim, a few monuments, and some little shops.
"But wait," you say? "Where are all the blasting boom-boxes and sand kicking jocks yelling obnoxiously while playing beach volleyball? Where are all the skinny girls with fake tans and skimpy bikinis who won't swim because they'd get their hair wet? Where are all the overweight couples wearing matching T-shirts and fanny packs that like to argue loudly in English with their waiter?"
Exactly, I say to you dear traveller, exactly. Enjoy the serenity.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, great sand, clean water, chance to see sea turtles in their natural environment.
  • Cons:Damned if I know...
  • In a nutshell:No big stores? No traffic? No fat, obnoxious tourists? Perfect!
  • Last visit to Akumal: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 26, 2012
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  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    looks like undiscovered place by tourists. good tips and nice photos.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Now this is more my speed Edward...I spent a few weeks here perched on the beach a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed the beach and ocean....Its a GREAT spot to unwind and watch the tides move in and out..Another great page..Thanks!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    I sure hope it hasn't changed much before we get there next July. Just the kind of palce where you can rest, eat, and relax without the hordes trying to sell something as in Rome. good stuff

  • Mar 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    LOVE LOVE this place - we accidentally found it a couple years ago & ate there most meals thereafter on the trip -- they had tables by the water & a treehouse - - my son played (in sight) while we relaxed. . .ask if they have fresh lobster that day!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2007 at 7:47 AM

    Ha ha sometimes it sucks to be 6'5", doesn't it? Don't underestimate those vicious kitty cats ;-)


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