Akumal, 20 km from Tulum in the Riviera Maya


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Akumal, 20 km from Tulum in the Riviera Maya

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Akumal is a popular spot for divers since the 1950s. It is 20km from Tulum, in the Riviera Maya, drawn by its beautiful offshore reefs and rich marine life. Akumal actually means “place of the turtle” in Maya and wherever you look you’ll see turtles, on sign posts, t-shirts and in the water swimming peacefully amongst the corals. And turtles are just the start of the colorful creatures you’ll spot in the crystal-clear waters. Parrot fish, blue tangs and even eagle rays can often be seen even in the shallowest of water.
Akumal is a great place to visit during your vacation in Tulum. Yet the charms of this peaceful little community of small hotels, condos and vacation homes have a wider appeal. The sheltered, palm-lined beach is perfect for families and local marinas offer catamaran trips, kayak and sport fishing excursions. The track north from Akumal Bay brings you to Half Moon Bay and the Yalkú caleta or inlet, both of which are good snorkeling spots.
Getting there: Take Highway 307 north from Tulum.
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