Activities in Akumal

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Known as a top destination for snorkeling, Akumal is a small Americanized beach town that caters to tourists with a great variety of activities to keep them busy during their stay.  Visitors tend to use this location as a gateway to many of the inland Mayan ruins, but few are disappointed when they choose to stay put.  

As previously mentioned, the snorkeling in Akumal is superb, especially at Half Moon Bay and Laguna Yalku which is a lagoon protected specifically for the sport.  Diving is also a possibility, and visitors can take advantage of most other watersports here as well.  If you're interested in the local eco-system, you can make plans to do a little hiking or visit the  Xel-Ha Ecological Center.  There are also several spas and wellness centers in town and the chance to play a little tennis or get in a game of golf.  

Bike and Scooter Rental

Not for the faint of heart, riding a scooter around the congested streets of Akumal can be stressful.

If you are thinking about seeing the sights at a slower pace, there is a place that can help make it happen. Click to view our extended discussion of bike and scooter rentals.


Akumal Diving

Akumal is not far from the second largest barrier reef in the world, and many of the nearby sites are part of the large reef system.

You'll find 6 dive operators and at least 12 good dive sites to choose from. If you want to find out more concerning scuba diving in this area, can do so by going to this page.


Akumal is a prime fishing destination thanks to its variety of options. Whether you enjoy shore-fishing, flyfishing, or deep sea fishing, the rich ecosystem here allows you to do it.

Like fishing? You might be happy to discover 3 fishing charters operate in this area. For more information on the closest fishing options, read this article.


Want to play some golf on vacation? Akumal isn't exactly overrun with golf greens, but there is one golf course in the area. The only course in the area is Riviera Maya Golf Club. To navigate to our guide to golfing throughout Riviera Maya, see this page.

Sailing and Boating

You can look through the following chart for a list of firms that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In And Around Akumal
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Blue Mystic Tour -- 0.8 mi. South of Central La Gloria
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- Central Akumal
Yucatan F1 -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria

If you want to read about charter operators and local marinas see this page.


If you have some folks who enjoy shopping in your group, they may be interested to know that more than 11 retail stores are located in this area. If you want to get information concerning shopping in Akumal and nearby, you can do so by going to this page.


Xel Ha Ruins

Yet another good way to use some of your time is to soak in the area's sights and natural environment. Area sights include at least one historic site and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Click here to find our page regarding area sightseeing and attractions.

Information about a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be found in the table below.

Sightseeing Services In And Around Akumal
Name Type Phone Location
Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators -- The Riviera Maya
Jungle Jim's Atv Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Central Akumal
Labnaha Cenote Excursions and Sightseeing Service (984) 129-3040 The Riviera Maya
Santa Cruz Bike Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Central Akumal


If you like to go snokeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Akumal. To reach our full guide to local snorkeling opportunities, navigate to this page.


Indulging in a trip to the spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you might be happy to discover there are a few options. Make your way to this page dedicated to spas in the area if you're looking for more specifics.


Kantenah Palladium Grand Resort and Spa

If you like playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 6 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Akumal
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal 5 check
Kantenah Palladium Grand Resort and Spa 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium White Sand Resort and Spa All Inclusive 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 6
The Royal suites Yucatan by Palladium 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 6

For example, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

The following chart summarizes information about other activities.

Other Activities In And Around Akumal
Name Type Phone Location
Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 The vicinity of La Gloria
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central Akumal
Xel-Ha Eco Park Amusement/Theme Park -- The Riviera Maya

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