Playa Akumal

Playa Akumal is located in the town of Akumal between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The beach is considered to be one of the best around, and features a number of facilities. Snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and sun bathing are all popular pastimes.

Located in the heart of Akumal, Playa Akumal is on the East edge of Mexico. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Many of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. These spots may be perfect for those who need a break from crowds, but others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Playa Akumal.

How to Access The Beach

After exiting off Caretta Federal 307, your drive to the coast and to Playa Akual will be a short one, mostly through a residential part of town.

Amenities and Ambiance

Blinding white sand powders the shore of Playa Akumal, which is lined with palm trees. As visitors sit ashore and look out over the sea they are awarded an expanse of clear topaz waters dotted with sail boats.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Keep in mind that the area surrounding Playa Akumal is rather congested, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Mexico; the area hosts attractions such as Mexicarte Akumal, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Akumal
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Mexicarte Akumal Art Gallery 0.0 mi. WNW --
Riviera Maya Golf Club Golf Course 2.0 mi. SW --

Cities and Towns

The closest city to Playa Akumal is Akumal, which is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for those wishing to get a better feel for the area.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and 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 situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it typically isn't that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those looking to get a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the options closest to Playa Akumal.

Accommodations near Playa Akumal
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Las Casitas Akumal -- -- Hotel
Hotel Akumal Caribe -- -- Hotel
Akumal Beach Resort -- -- Hotel
Casa Luna -- -- Hotel
Vista del Mar Hotel -- -- Hotel
Casa Blanca Lodge -- -- Lodge
La Bahia Condominiums -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Tortuga -- -- Resort
Oasis Akumal -- -- Resort
Hotel Be Live Grand Riviera Maya -- -- Resort


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Naturama Juice Bar is one of the closest eateries.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Playa Akumal
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Naturama Juice Bar -- -- -- -- --
Imelda's -- Mexican -- -- --
Lol-Ha Akumal (915) 584-3552 International, Mexican Very Casual -- --
La Cueva Del Pescador -- Mexican -- -- --
Turtle Bay Bakery & Restaurant (984) 875-9138 American Informal -- --
Lucy's Homemade Ice Creams -- Eclectic Very Casual -- --
La Akumalito -- Mexican -- -- --
Lucy's Homemade Ice Cream at the Arch -- Eclectic Very Casual -- --
La Buena Vida (415) 152-2211 International Informal -- --
Lucy's Too -- International -- -- --
Midway Food -- -- -- -- --
La Lunita (984) 875 90 70 International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Mexico, so if Playa Akumal doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also enjoy Half Moon Bay Beach, another great beach choice in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean; then again, Playa Akumal is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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