Yal-Ku Lagoon

Known as the Crown Jewel of Akumal, Yal-Ku Lagoon serves as a great alternative to the sea, especially one days when the water is rough because the waters at Yal-Ku are always calm. This spot is popular amongst snorkelers, birders, and sunbathers.

Leading up to the lagoon are manicured paths, and benches, palapas, and statues line the shore. Swimmers and snorkelers will find that the man-built platforms and stairs provide easy access to the water. Once in the mixture of salt and fresh water, guests are met with a variety of vibrantly colored fish, rock formations, and underwater caves. The lagoon goes no deeper than 15 feet.

Because there are no waves, this placid lagoon makes for a great snorkeling spot, and even kids can join in on the fun. A variety of tropical fish in the water, and migratory birds on shore make this spot great for exploring local wildlife.

Eco-friendly pit toilets and an outside shower make up the amenities here.


Situated near the heart of Akumal, Yal-Ku Lagoon always welcomes local residents and vacationers who are rooming in this part of the Riviera Maya. Whether or not you are staying in this location, you are free to drop by for some fun in the sun.

To reach Yal-ku, take the Cancun-Tulum Highway out of Akumal and follow the signs.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of dining options to select from in the area immediately near Yal-Ku Lagoon. El Bistro, which offers Mexican dishes, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this lagoon. The restaurant is a short distance off, but distant enough that you will probably want to make plans for taking advantage of a mode of transportation to visit there. La Lunita and Midway Food are additional restaurant choices nearby where visitors will be able to enjoy the local cuisine in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some other places of interest nearby, including Jungle Place, which is within driving distance in the Riviera Maya. Furthermore, you can consider visiting Tajmahal Cenote, which is another attraction in the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Yal-Ku Lagoon
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Jungle Place -- 5.4 mi. (7.0 km) SW 4.4 mi. South West of Akumal
Tajmahal Cenote -- 5.7 mi. (1.9 km) NNE 1.2 mi. Northwest of Xpu Ha
X'Cacel Turtle Conservation Area -- 5.7 mi. (7.6 km) SSW 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Akumal
Aktun Chen Cave System GeoFeature 6.5 mi. (9.9 km) WNW 6.2 mi. Northwest of Akumal

More Information


Yal-Ku Lagon is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Because Yal-Ku is a unique and protected area, there are a number of rules for visitors to follow, including no feeding the fish, no alcoholic beverages, and no sunscreen. Visitors can purchase biodegradable sunscreen from vendors on property that is safe to use.


Admission onto Yal-Ku Lagoon property is $9(USD) or 95 pesos, and you can rent a palapa for $20(USD) a day.

Location: Akumal, Mexico


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