Natural Attractions in Akumal

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Some of Mother Nature's most wonderous sites have their home in Akumal, from caves and cenotes to crystalline lagoons.  There are even some man-made attractions here that center on nature including a dolphin exibit.  If you especially love animals, make a point to stop by the turtle conservation center, and book a snorkeling trip.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You might be pleased to know the area has a popular nature preserve nearby.

Jungle Place is a nature preserve found in the Riviera Maya, South West of Akumal. Jungle Place is located near the town of Chemuyil, between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Akumal
Name Type Location
Jungle Place Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. South West of Central Akumal Mexico


Aktun Chen Cave System

Although most people visiting the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Akumal some great choices, including 3 caves.

You may enjoy visiting Aktun Chen Cave System, which is located in the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Akumal. The tour of the cave system is a 656 yard walking tour that leads visitors through paths that have been made safe to walk on. Of particular note within the caves are the domes and the 39 foot deep cenote filled with water.

Another available option is Cristalino Maya Cenote. It is located in the vicinity of La Gloria, Northeast of Akumal. Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, the Cristalino Cenote is easily accessible and favorites for swimming and diving.

The table below enables you to learn some key facts regarding caves.

Caves Near Akumal
Name Type Location
Aktun Chen Cave System Cave 6.2 mi. Northwest of Central Akumal
Cristalino Maya Cenote Cave 1.8 mi. West of Central Puerto Aventuras
Jardin Del Eden Cenote Cave 1.8 mi. West of Central Puerto Aventuras


Kantun Chi Eco Park

Travelers can experience one of the many parks nearby.

Xunaan Ha Cenote is located in the Riviera Maya, South West of Akumal. Located near Dreams Hotel in Puerto Aventuras, the Xunaan Ha Cenote is a popular swimming and diving spot, known for it's underwater cave with waters that float upstream rather than downstream.

Another popular attraction in this category is Tajmahal Cenote. A tour of the underwater cavern takes divers to a wide room where you come up for air to see a bat-filled cave. Further on, you'll enter the Sugar Bowl, a smaller cenote where the lighting is fantastic on sunny days.

The parks you'll be able to find are listed here:

Parks Near Akumal
Name Type Location
Kantun Chi Eco Park Park 1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Xpu Ha
Manati Cenote Park 10.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Tajmahal Cenote Park 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Xpu Ha
Vaca Ha Tortugas Cenote Park 13.6 mi. South West of Central Akumal
Xunaan Ha Cenote Park 6.5 mi. South West of Central Akumal
Yaxmul Cenote Park 8.9 mi. South West of Central Akumal

Zoos and Aquariums

If the concept of spending part of a day surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting Dolphin Discovery. Make your vacation of a lifetime even more special by adding some dolphins into the mix. Dolphin Discovery offers a number of possibilities, most ending with guests swimming with the dolphins.

Check the table below to learn more.

Zoos In and Around Akumal
Name Type Location
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Aventuras
X'Cacel Turtle Conservation Area Zoo 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Akumal are listed below.

Land Formations In Akumal
Name Type Location
Dick's Reef Reef 0.9 mi. East of Central Akumal
Morgan's Reef Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central Akumal
Motorcycle Reef Reef Central Akumal
Tortuga Reef Reef Central Akumal
Yal-Ku Lagoon Lagoon 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal

If you want to learn about more points of interest beyond this category, you can find others. For more in-depth coverage of other attractions, go to this article.


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