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 in , invites guests lodging in this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. Regardless of whether or not you're staying nearby, you should feel free to stop by to check out the sights.

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

Located near the center of Akumal, Yal-Ku Lagoon welcomes local customers and travelers who are rooming in this part of the Riviera Maya. However, even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should think about stopping by to check out the sights.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be sharing food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this lagoon. The most convenient place to eat to Yal-Ku Lagoon is El Bistro, which serves Mexican meals. The eatery is a small distance away, but far enough that you might decide to make plans for using a mode of transport to get there. La Lunita and Midway Food are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where you have the chance to experience the flavors of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, and munch on some tasty cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

There are at least one or two additional activities nearby, including Jungle Place, which is within traveling range in the Riviera Maya. You might also think about making the trip to Tajmahal Cenote, which is another attraction close by.

Lagoons are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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.


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