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 spend more of your vacation time under the open sky? You might be happy to find out that 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

Although most tourists are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Akumal some interesting options, including 3 caves.

You should consider visiting 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 attraction Cristalino Maya Cenote. It is situated in the vicinity of La Gloria, Northeast of Akumal. The cenote is located south of Playa del Carmen just off Highway 307. You'll pass Bacelo Maya and Puerto Aventuras, then follow the signs to the parking lot.

The table directly 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


Visitors can experience one of the many parks nearby.

Xunaan Ha Cenote is located within 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 attraction in this category is Tajmahal Cenote. The Tajmahal Cenote is a popular spot in the Mexican Caribbean for those who thrill in cavern and cave diving.

The parks worth looking into are provided right 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 idea of spending some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, you should visit 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 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 can be seen 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 would prefer having a wider selection of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you can look farther afield. Navigate to this page dedicated to even more attractions if you want to find out some more information.


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