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Akumal is a perfect location for a getaway, offering interesting places to discover, great shopping and a multitude of adventures. This area is a nature lovers dream — wherever you go, you'll be surrounded the most beautiful views. Here is how to make the most of all that beauty.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

19 Places

6 City Tips

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19 Places

Day 1

Cafe Te Latte

Restaurants

Cenote Santa Cruz

Caverns & Caves

Akumal Beach

Beaches

La Cueva del Pescador Akumal

Restaurants

Yal-ku Lagoon

Bodies of Water

Half Moon Bay

Bodies of Water, Beaches

La Lunita

Restaurants

Day 2

Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery

Restaurants

Cenote Aktun Chen

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Budha Gardens Spa

Spas

Galeria Lamanai

Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries

Day 3

Akumal Dive Shop

Fishing Charters & Tours, Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling

Cenote Xunaan-Ha

Other Outdoor Activities

Lol-Ha on Akumal Main Bay

Restaurants

TAO Wellness Center

Spas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Moksha Lifestyle Boutique

Gift & Speciality Shops

La Buena Vida

Restaurants

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Colectivos (local minivans that act as a cross between taxis and buses) are the cheapest and easiest way to get around; you can hail them on the highway and then tell the driver where you would like to go.
  • Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun; use sunscreen and a hat or umbrella.
  • Please be respectful in regards to the flora and fauna of the area; don't touch or disturb the turtles, and don't grab corals or other types of marine life.
  • In some places, you can bring your own snacks and beverages to enjoy a lovely picnic; there are also often restaurants nearby the nature areas.
  • It is humid here, so wear loose, comfortable clothing and carry a change in case you get a bit sweaty.
  • If you are thinking of moving around by taxi, you should talk with the driver to establish a rate per day or for the hours and places you are planning to visit.
    Day 1
  • Cafe Te Latte
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Café Te Latte is a great choice for a morning coffee and delicious breakfast. Enjoy a delicious affogato and a healthy bowl of fresh fruit while you gaze out at the sea. The prices are great here given the excellent quality, great service, large portions, and beach views.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The cafe also a great spot for dessert: delicious waffle cones filled with gelato!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    • Cafe te latte 30/01/2014
    • Great little coffee spot with a view of the bay 24/12/2012
    Address:
    Calle Yal-Ku
    Lote 2
    Akumal 77760
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9515
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    1:00 PM - 11:00 AM
    Other:
  • Cenote Santa Cruz
    Caverns & Caves
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    Enrique A Says:

    After breakfast, grab a colectivo or a cab and head to Santa Cruz, where a beautiful, lush jungle awaits you. The sounds of nature echo through the caves and caverns while you swim in the cool, crystal clear waters. Cenotes (or natural pools in caves) are an important aspect of local folklore and the balance of nature — one glimpse at Santa Cruz and you'll understand why!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You must book your visit, and establish what type of tour (group or private) you would like, in advance via the website.
    • Don't forget to bring your water shoes and bathing suit.
    • Please do not wear any sunscreen or bug repellent, as it is poisonous to the local flora and fauna.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding 22/03/2020
    • Absolutely amazing 27/02/2020
    • Cenote Santa Cruz
    Phone:
    +52 984 182 6052
    Other:
  • Akumal Beach
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Heading back to Akumal, stop for a break at this gorgeous beach, where you can relax on the sand or explore the warm waters. There are several dive shops around where you can rent snorkeling equipment, take a diving tour, or even rent a kayak.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Near the entrance, there is a convenience store where you can pick up some supplies.
    • The sun is very strong, so be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen or bring an umbrella and a hat.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Akumal
    • A laid back beach with boutique hotels and great snorkeling 13/05/2020
    • Great Lively place to spend time 12/05/2020
    • Akumal Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • La Cueva del Pescador Akumal
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood)
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    Enrique A Says:

    After a day in the sun, a nice meal is in order. La Cueva del Pescador serves up excellent food, from delicious guacamole to fresh ceviche

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the restaurant's famous shrimp tacos!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • another little hidden find in the craft market, it was very busy, the food passing us looked awesome so we decided to st 17/03/2020
    • If you are looking for great 15/03/2020
    • La Cueva del Pescador Akumal
    Address:
    Akumal road
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9002
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Yal-ku Lagoon
    Bodies of Water
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    Enrique A Says:

    Yal-ku is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon after a delicious lunch. Take a walk around, dip your feet in the lagoon, or take a little swim. Later, you can enjoy a drink or two at the restaurant.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a small fee to access the Lagoon.
    • You can rent snorkel equipment at Yal-ku.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 13 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun but not a lot of fish to see 10/05/2020
    • Kid friendly snorkeling- like an aquarium! 19/04/2020
    • Yal-ku Lagoon
    Address:
    Riviera Maya
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9065
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Half Moon Bay
    Bodies of Water, Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    After a swim at Yal-ku, Half Moon Bay is a stunning place to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the sea. Take a stroll along the beach and then settle in to watch the show!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's no fee to access the bay.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 13 things to do in Akumal
    • Best Area of Akumal 22/05/2020
    • The Eagle Has Landed 20/03/2020
    • Half Moon Bay
  • La Lunita
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Seafood)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Situated on Half Moon Bay, La Lunita is a perfect place to close your first day. The petite, cozy restaurant offers an excellent vibe, incredible views, amazing food, and great service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • La Lunita hosts Paella Saturdays and Lobster Fridays, both excellent evenings to visit.
    • Save room for a dessert of coffee and churros.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great dinner spot for a romantic evening 20/03/2020
    • Fantastic food & romantic atmosphere 11/03/2020
    • La Lunita
    Address:
    Hacienda de la Tortuga 2 y 3 Akumal Norte, Q. Ro
    Akumal 77729
    Mexico
    Phone:
    984-875-9070
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Cafe, Seafood)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Mornings at Turtle Bay are a marvelous thing. You can enjoy tasty chilaquiles or pancakes with fresh banana just a few steps from the beach.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are looking for a healthier option, the tasty smoothies are the way to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best desserts in Quintana Roo 24/03/2020
    • Great breakfast 22/03/2020
    • Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery
    Address:
    Plaza Ukana I
    Akumal 77770
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 984 875 9138
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cenote Aktun Chen
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    With incredible caverns and lush jungle, Aktun Chen is a stunning natural park. Here, you can get the adrenaline pumping with a morning zipline adventure and then relaze in the cool, crystal clear waters of the cenote.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are a variety of park tours and packages. Have a look at the website to determine what's available and book your trip in advance.
    • Sunscreen and bug repellent are harmful to the flora and fauna, so avoid them in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 Tours in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing!!! 23/03/2020
    • Surprisingly cool experience and great (and hilarious) guide 08/03/2020
    • Cenote Aktun Chen
    Address:
    Carretera Cancun-Tulum KM 107
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 806 4962
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Budha Gardens Spa
    Spas
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you're in need of some pampering, Budha Gardens Spa is just the place for you. The peaceful oasis offers a wonderful array of treatments and massages along with a Zen atmosphere that will put you completely at ease.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take some time to relax in the gorgeous garden before or after your treatment.
    • Couple's massages are available.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 Spas & Wellness in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More therapeutic than relaxing 16/02/2020
    • Relaxing treat! 13/02/2020
    • Budha Gardens Spa
    Address:
    Akumal Bay
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 745 4942
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Galeria Lamanai
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries
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    Enrique A Says:

    Galeria Lamanai sells a variety of souvenirs, artwork, and handmade jewelry, all with a distinctive Mexican folk style. Take a piece of the Caribbean away to impress everyone back home.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The wares here are pricey, the their high quality makes them worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 Shopping in Akumal
    • Revisited Galeria Lamanai in 2019. New owner. Old snippy proprietor is gone. 17/05/2019
    • very nice 27/04/2019
    • Galeria Lamanai
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Km 104
    Playa de Akumal, Tulum
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9055
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Akumal Dive Shop
    Fishing Charters & Tours, Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Enrique A Says:

    Right after breakfast, visit the Akumal Dive Shop, where expert divers wait to take you on an adventure. You can take a certification course, rent diving equipment, or head out on an organized dive.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's a good idea to book your tour in advance.
    • In addition to diving, the shop also offers snorkeling trips, fishing, and more.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 38 Tours in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just what we needed 24/04/2020
    • Fantastic snorkelling experience 21/03/2020
    • Akumal Dive Shop
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9032
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cenote Xunaan-Ha
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you feel like exploring a bit more of your surroundings, Xunaan-Ha is a great spot to do so. Surrounded by lush jungle and the beautiful sounds of nature, you can take a swim in fresh waters and then relax in the sun.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's a small cenote, but worth the visit; don't forget your bathing suit and towels.
    • Do not use of any sunscreen or bug repellent before entering the cenote, as it is poisonous to the flora and fauna.
    • There's a small fee to access the cenote.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 42 Outdoor Activities in Akumal
    • Lovely open cenote 21/02/2020
    • Absolutely Unreal 31/10/2019
    • Cenote Xunaan-Ha
    Address:
    Camino de Terraceria Chemuyil
    Akumal 77737
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Lol-Ha on Akumal Main Bay
    Restaurants (Mexican, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary)
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    Enrique A Says:

    For lunch at Lol-Ha, you'll find a wide variety of dishes along with tasty beers and margaritas. The beautiful sea views complete the scene.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • My recommended meal: pastor nachos to start and then a mixed ceviche. The lobster is also not to be missed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • we stayed close to this place & visited many times 17/03/2020
    • Great charbroiled chicken 16/03/2020
    • Lol-Ha on Akumal Main Bay
    Address:
    Akumal Main Bay
    Akumal 77760
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 985 9013
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • TAO Wellness Center
    Spas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    At TAO Wellness Center, you can choose from various classes, treatments, and activities to make your evening a very pleasant one. Since it is your last day in this beautiful place, why not take a meditation class, followed by some time in the temazcal, and then wrap it up with a delicious body treatment and extensive massage?

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the website to check out all the services available and schedule your appointments.
    • It is not a cheap facility, but every treatment it is worth the time and money.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Sights & Landmarks in Akumal
    • Safe & Beautiful 06/03/2020
    • Loved the atmosphere and events! 25/02/2020
    • TAO Wellness Center
    Address:
    Bahia Principe Residential Complex
    Akumal 77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 7200
    Other:
  • Moksha Lifestyle Boutique
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Enrique A Says:

    After all that pampering is over, head to this unique boutique, where you'll find a great selection of precious items, including lovely souvenirs to take back home and fine clothing to dress up for tonight's dinner.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your time shopping, as there are lots of gorgeous items to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 6 Shopping in Akumal
    • Moksha Lifestyle Boutique
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Chetumal Benito Juarez km. 250 L-16
    Akumal 77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 5054
    Other:
  • La Buena Vida
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American)
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    Enrique A Says:

    At Buena Vida you'll find a great vibe and top cuisine, with a gorgeous views to make everything more special. There are lots of dishes to choose from, and a delicious cocktail while you watch the sunset is a wonderful way to wrap up your stay in Akumal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I recommend the Coconut Shrimp, Crispy Calamari and Mango and Ginger Empanadas; the seafood here is nothing but the best.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 35 restaurants in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quirky, fun, relaxed spot on the beach. 19/04/2020
    • Dinner 18/04/2020
    • La Buena Vida
    Address:
    Beach Road
    Lote 35
    Akumal 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9061
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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