Yal-Ku Lagoon

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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.


Located near the middle of Akumal, Yal-Ku Lagoon invites local customers and visitors who are lodging in this part of the Riviera Maya. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you should consider dropping by to check it out.

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

Nearby Restaurants

If your belly starts rumbling during visit to this lagoon, don't worry -- you can find a wide variety of food and drink providers in the vicinity. El Bistro, which serves Mexican meals, is very close-by, making it a great option for lagoon visitors. The restaurant is only about a quarter mile from Yal-Ku Lagoon, so grab a table and dig in! Also within a short distance, you and your party will find restaurants including La Lunita and Midway Food providing you with a variety of restaurant options.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby activities include Jungle Place, which is within driving range in the Riviera Maya. You might also consider making the trip to Tajmahal Cenote, which is another attraction close by.

A lagoon is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

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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