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.


Half Moon Bay Beach

You will find several beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on each beach name to get additional information concerning that particular location.

Half Moon Bay Beach: A small protected inlet that keeps waters calm and supports a rich underwater marine habitat, Half Moon Bay Beach is a great spot for snorkeling, but it is quiet and relaxing enough that you can spend a day relaxing on the shore as well.

Another place worth considering is Playa Chacal. Playa Chacala is a horseshoe shaped inlet with clear, calm waters that are so bright blue it's almost hard to believe such a color exists. The shore is covered in white sand that is soft and warm enough to sink your feet into and dotted with coconut palms.

Playa Akumal: Playa Akumal is located in the town of Akumal between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The beach is considered to be one of the best around, and features a number of facilities.

These examples are just some of your choices. Use this link to visit our guide to beaches for Akumal.


In case you like to learn about other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Akumal.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Cedam Museum. It is located within Puerto Aventuras, Northeast of Akumal. The Cedam Museum offers paper guides that allow guests to explore the exhibits at the own pace. Visitors will find exhibits detailing the impact that sailing has had for the local and island-wide way of life.

The following chart lists more information on a museum nearby.

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

Historical Sites

Xel Ha Ruins

If you like to learn about the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Xel Ha Ruins. It is located 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

Assuming you like being outside will often have a pleasant time visiting Jungle Place. 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 another place you should consider visiting. 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.

Akumal offers a nice selection of natural attractions. To reach our full guide to natural attractions in and around Akumal, read this page.


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