Half Moon Bay Beach

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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.

Situated in the heart of Akumal, Half Moon Bay Beach is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches found throughout Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Half Moon Bay Beach stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.

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, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Don't forget that Half Moon Bay Beach's location is an urban area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico. It is close to Mexicarte Akumal, which is situated three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If a visit to the Half Moon Bay Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Akumal is the closest city to Half Moon Bay Beach. It is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests wanting to get a taste of local life.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is in a fairly touristed area, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you are wanting to get a place that's near the beach, the following table shows the closest accommodation options 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 you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. La Lunita is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features International food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their tacos. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Half Moon Bay Beach.

You may also want to consider Playa Akumal, another great beach choice in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

You may find that Half Moon Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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