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 near the heart of Akumal, Playa Akumal is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that most of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches are quite calm and serene. Then again, if you'd rather not visit an empty, untouched part of the coast, you're probably better suited for one of the few lively 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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Playa Akumal is an urban area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico. It is close to Mexicarte Akumal, which is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you want to see as many of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones 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

Playa Akumal is very close to Akumal, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Akumal is the closest town to Playa Akumal. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for guests wanting to scope out the local scene.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not typically that difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. For guests wanting to find a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Playa Akumal.

Accommodations near Playa Akumal
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Las Casitas Akumal -- -- Hotel
Hotel Akumal Caribe -- -- Hotel
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya -- -- Resort
Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort -- -- Hotel
Casa Luna -- -- Hotel
Del Sol Beachfront Hotel -- -- Hotel
Playa Caribe -- -- Villa complex
La Bahia Condominiums -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Tortuga -- -- Resort
La Iguana Condominiums -- -- Villa complex


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Playa Akumal; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Imelda's Ecocina. This restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican cuisine.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Akumal
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Imelda's Ecocina -- Mexican -- -- --
Lol-Ha Akumal (915) 584-3552 International, Mexican Very Casual -- --
La Cueva Del Pescador (984) 875-9002 Mexican -- -- --
Turtle Bay Bakery & Restaurant (984) 875-9138 American Informal -- --
Lucy's Homemade Ice Creams -- 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 -- --
Himitsu (984) 875-7600 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal -- --
Market Cafe (984) 875-7600 International Very Casual -- --
Oceana (984) 875-7600 International Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Mexico has many nice beaches, so if Playa Akumal doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also enjoy Half Moon Bay Beach, another favorite sun-spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Perhaps Playa Akumal is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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