The word Mexico generally rings the bells of Cancun and Playa del Carmen in one’s head. It is time to broaden your vision and look at the larger picture. Welcome to the quaint destination of Akumal, or the “place of the turtle” in Maya. This postcard perfect destination is located approximately 50 miles south of the Cancun International Airport and 20 minutes down the highway from Playa del Carmen. A calm and peaceful destination with breathtaking views, Akumal is wooing tourists from all over the world.
Akumal is considered to be a diver’s paradise as it is nestled between two gorgeous bays, Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay. While one has crystal clear, shallow waters and a white sand floor, the other features rocky terrain and incredible views of lined up upscale beach houses and laid-back condos. This small town is constantly upgrading to an entirely new level of luxurious living hence attracting foreigners to make it their second home.
It is a paradise for divers as nowhere in the world are the waters so clear. Akumal has a stunning barrier reef, longest in the western hemisphere and one of the most elaborate coral structures on the planet. In addition to a world of diving and water sports, Akumal offers jungle walks, exotic bird and wildlife photography and many other options to keep one engaged and entertained. Akumal is definitely the perfect diving and family destination in the heart of the Riviera Maya.
For snorkeling Yal Ku Lagoon is a great place to visit and renting facility of snorkeling equipments is available. Explore the coves and rocks of the lagoon and be surprised to discover turtles and all kinds of brightly colored tropical fish as your companions. If the water tires you and makes you hungry then rush to Lol-Ha right in the laid-back heart of Akumal to satisfy your hunger pangs. An open air restaurant situated right on the sand, Lol-Ha serves delectable seafood, pizza, burgers with incredible views of the Caribbean Sea.
The glorious white coastal strip offers a great opportunity to experience marine life. The destination with its endless offerings makes it a love at first sight kind of place. There is just no rush for anything in Akumal as visitors can spend their time lying on the sand and wading into the cool clear waters of the bay. For snorkeling needs stop at Akumal Dive Shop to rent some snorkel gear and hunt for the town’s famous sea turtles. It is a great place to relax and rewind as tranquility is the USP of the region.
Explore the local flavors of Akumal at La Buena Vida, a small restaurant in Half Moon Bay. La Buena Vida with its casual dining ambience and charming palapas makes it a fun place to hang out and gorge on great food. The creative cocktails on their drink menu are definitely not worth missing.
In Akumal one can experience nature closer and at its own sweet pace. There is no hurry as one can afford luxury of time here and soak as much the region offers. This small town with its own flavor and color is a prominent spot on the travelers map. The tranquility of the place and the thrill to snorkel with turtles are major attractions. Akumal is laden with many other exciting and adventurous activities which guarantees a memories of a lifetime.
Ani is a travel and food enthusiast who manages Mexico Travel News blog. He travels Mexico extensively and loves penning his experiences on his blog.