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.

Located near the middle of Akumal, Half Moon Bay Beach is on the East coast of Mexico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The beaches found throughout Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean tend to be fairly quiet and secluded, but Half Moon Bay Beach is a little different.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. If you prefer to stay on land, the sand is nice and there are a few restaurants and bars nearby.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since Half Moon Bay Beach happens to be located in a commonly visited area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Half Moon Bay Beach is on the East coast of Mexico. It's located near Mexicarte Akumal, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Half Moon Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Mexicarte Akumal Art Gallery 0.7 mi. SW --
Riviera Maya Golf Club Golf Course 2.7 mi. SW --

Cities and Towns

The closest city to Half Moon Bay Beach is Akumal, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for those looking to check out the local scene.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is in a pretty touristed area, it is not usually all that difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. For visitors wanting to find a place that's near the water, the following table lists the options closest to Half Moon Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Half Moon Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Bahia Condominiums 0.1 mi. NNE Hotel
Vista del Mar Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Hotel La Tortuga 0.2 mi. NE Resort
Casa Luna 0.3 mi. S Hotel
Las Casitas Akumal 0.6 mi. SSW Hotel
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya 0.7 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Akumal Caribe 0.7 mi. SW Hotel
Akumal Beach Resort 1.0 mi. SW Hotel
Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach 1.8 mi. NE Resort
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya 1.9 mi. NNE Resort


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is La Lunita. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. Many guests rave about their tacos. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Half Moon Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Lunita (984) 875 90 70 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNE
El Bistro (984) 873-1484 Mexican Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
La Buena Vida (415) 152-2211 International Informal 0.2 mi. S
Lucy's Homemade Ice Creams -- Eclectic Very Casual 0.6 mi. SW
Turtle Bay Bakery & Restaurant (984) 875-9138 American Informal 0.6 mi. SW
La Cueva Del Pescador -- Mexican -- 0.6 mi. SSW
Imelda's -- Mexican -- 0.6 mi. SSW
Lucy's Homemade Ice Cream at the Arch -- Eclectic Very Casual 0.6 mi. SW
La Akumalito -- Mexican -- 0.7 mi. SW
Naturama Juice Bar -- -- -- 0.7 mi. SSW
Lol-Ha Akumal (915) 584-3552 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.7 mi. SSW
Coco Cafe -- Café Informal 0.7 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Mexico you might like besides Half Moon Bay Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Akumal, which is an additional nearby Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean destination.

Half Moon Bay Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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