Akumal Attractions

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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

There are a large number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed guide to that particular location.

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 location for beach-goers to consider 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: 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.

Luckily, the area is home to a wide range of beaches in and around the area. If interested, you can find out more by clicking here.


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

One popular destination is Cedam Museum. It is situated in 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 chart just below enables you to learn 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

Enjoy learning about the history of places you visit? If that's the case, you might want to visit a historical site during your time in Akumal.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Xel Ha Ruins. It is located in the Riviera Maya, South-Southwest of Akumal. The lagoon at Hel Ha was once used as a Maya port of call, keeping the local people connected with the rest of the world. Today, visitors can explore this sleepy site in less than an hour.

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

One of the more frequently visited local attractions is 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 local attraction you might like. 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.

These examples are just a few of what's available. Click this link to see our extended discussion of natural attractions in and around Akumal.


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