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.

Positioned in the heart of Akumal, Playa Akumal is on the East coast of Mexico. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that the majority of beaches in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are known for their privacy and seclusion. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're much more likely to visit Playa Akumal, which has a wider range of amenities nearby.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Bear in mind that the immediate vicinity around Playa Akumal is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Akumal is on the East coast of Mexico; it's located near attractions like Mexicarte Akumal, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Cities near Playa Akumal include Akumal, which is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Guests looking to find a place to stay not far from the beach shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. Find the closest lodging options by viewing what's listed in the table that follows.

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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Naturama Juice Bar.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

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 -- --
Coco Cafe -- Café Informal -- --
Barefoot Grill (984) 875-7600 American Very Casual -- --
Bordeaux (984) 875-7600 French Fine Dining -- --
El Patio (984) 875-7600 Mexican Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach in Mexico will have lots of options besides Playa Akumal.

Travelers may also want to consider Half Moon Bay Beach, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Playa Akumal could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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