Attractions in Akumal

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Most people who stay in Akumal can't resist a short trip just outside of town to see the mysterious Mayan ruins.  Within city limits there is also plenty to see in do, especially having to do with nature.  Of course, you can't overlook the beaches that line the shores, and a chance to learn about local history occurs at a nearby museum.


Playa X-Puha

There are several beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach for more information concerning that part of the coast.

Half Moon Bay Beach: The beach is backed by a number of privately owed condos, but that shouldn't deter guests from planning a day on this beach. The snorkeling is worth a trip, with turtles, barracudas, small fish, and even a shark on occasion.

A second option to consider is Playa Chacal. Chacala is one of the most underdeveloped beaches along the coast. Aside from a resort property, the beach is void of any excess. Visitors who head to this shore are doing so in order to escape the pressures of daily life and enjoy a day of seclusion in a tropical paradise.

Playa Akumal: After exiting off Caretta Federal 307, your drive to the coast and to Playa Akual will be a short one, mostly through a residential part of town.

Fortunately, you'll find quite a few other beaches to choose from in and around the area. For more in-depth coverage of this specific topic, navigate to this guide.


If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Akumal.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cedam Museum. It is located within Puerto Aventuras, Northeast of Akumal. History buffs and anyone interested in the maritime past of Puerto Rico will want to take a visit to the Cedam Museum. The museum features exhibits that will take visitors through the naval history of the island, and more specifically the La Gloria area.

The following chart has some key facts concerning a museum you might enjoy nearby.

Museums Near Akumal
Name Phone Location
Cedam Museum -- 0.9 mi. South of Central La Gloria Mexico

Historical Sites

Xel Ha Ruins

In case you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting a historical site while vacationing in Akumal.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Xel Ha Ruins. It is situated in the Riviera Maya, South-Southwest of Akumal. Xel Ha is open daily from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Historic Sites Near Akumal
Name Type Phone Location
Xel Ha Ruins Historical Site (998) 883-3143 6.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal Mexico

Natural Attractions

Aktun Chen Cave System

Jungle Place is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for endangered Spider Monkeys in the Mexican Caribbean, most of which have been rescued from life threatening situations. The owners care for these animals as if they were a part of a family, and on a rare basis, allow guests to come visit with the monkeys and explore the habitat.

Aktun Chen Cave System is a second place that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. Located within the Indiana Jones Natural Adventure Park are a number of activities that guests can participate in and lots of wildlife to see. One of the attractions on site is the Aktun Chen Cave system. Formed over five million years ago, visitors can now marvel at the variety of columns, stalagmites, and stalactites

These are just a few of your options. To find out about other natural attractions in and around Akumal, visit this page.


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