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 hope to enjoy more of your vacation outside? You might be pleased to know the area has a popular nature preserve available.

Jungle Place is a nature preserve southwestern Akumal. 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Akumal
Name Type Location
Jungle Place Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.4 mi. South West of Central Akumal Mexico


Aktun Chen Cave System

Even though most vacationers are drawn by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Akumal some great choices, including 3 caves.

You might want to visit Aktun Chen Cave System, which is located in the Riviera Maya, Northwest of Akumal. The Aktum Chen Cave System can be found along the Cancun-Tulum Highway, just 2.5 miles outside of Akumal and 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen. A staff member from the natural park will pick you up from your hotel for $20(USD).

An additional place worth considering is Cristalino Maya Cenote. It is found in the vicinity of La Gloria, Northeast of Akumal. This cave has a cenote in it that is perfect for taking a quick swim, but many cave divers love this spot as well. Features of the cenote include an overhanging ledge that is fun for jumping into the water.

The table below offers a few details 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


Travelers can spend some time in one of the many parks nearby.

Xunaan Ha Cenote is situated 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.

A second 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 available are shown in the chart below.

Parks Near Akumal
Name Type Location
Kantun Chi Eco Park Park 1.9 mi. West of Central Puerto Aventuras
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 thought of spending some time at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting Dolphin Discovery. Get ready to be up close and personal with some friendly sea animals. Dolphin Discovery offers four main programs that are sure to be remembered.

Check out the following chart for more information.

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 idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Akumal are summarized directly 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

Keep in mind that there are other types of attractions. Use this link to visit our article concerning other interesting attractions for Akumal.


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