Akumal Beach

Akumal beach is part of a Mexican resort and is one of the most spectacular beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula. The distance from Cancun is about 60 miles south. Akumal translates to “place of turtles,” thus many native sea turtles live in the area and make their nests here.¬†

Accessing the beach

The most common way to reach Akumal Beach is by rental car, taxi, bus, or shuttle. Many hotels in Cancun have dedicated shuttles going to and from Akumal. Direct transportation from the Cancun airport is also available. After reaching the Akumal, exit off of highway 307, it is a short walk to the beach. Tourists to Akumal beach often choose to arrange their transportation through their travel agent. Another way is to discover what nearby options are right for your schedule when you arrive.

On the beach

Once at Akumal Beach, tourists have the option to rent bicycles. This can be a fun transportation option since many destinations are a quick bike-ride away. Bicycles can be rented for a week, for those actually staying at Akumal Beach, or just for a day for those planning a day trip.

Lifeguards are present on the beach for safety and are quick to respond. There are also wheelchair accessibility services.

Comfort & services

As the beach is public, there are shower facilities, but no true public bathrooms. However, some businesses that offer snorkeling, or other rental services, also allow their customers to use their facilities.

Overall, Akumal beach offers:

  • water sports
  • site seeing
  • restaurants
  • shopping and
  • a wide variety of other services.

Whether it’s playing in the ocean, laying on the sand, or taking a stroll around town, Akumal Beach offers a beautiful beach experience for those seeking to get away from it all.

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Hotels near the beach

  • Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya (offers free wifi and breakfast)
  • Las Villas Akumal (4 stars, free wifi and breakfast for guests)
  • Akumal Bay – Beach & Wellness Resort (3 stars, free wifi and breakfast for guests)
  • The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium
  • Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Don Pablo Collection
  • Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort and Spa


  • Car Parking
  • Watersports
  • Sunbeds
  • Umbrellas
This beach also may be known as:
  • Playa Caribe Akumal

Beach on the map

Akumal, Riviera Maya,